12th round of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam talks to resume in Khartoum Dec. 27-28
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CAIRO: The 12th round of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the under-construction Renaissance Dam is to be held in Khartoum Dec. 27 and 28, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The announcement came after the six-party meetings concluded in Khartoum Saturday failed to reach an agreement to resolve the latest controversies including nominating consultancy firm to conduct a technical study on the dam impact on the downstream countries of Sudan and Egypt.

Foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan participated in the two-day talks that were also held in Khartoum.

The study will determine the environmental, social and economic impacts of the construction of the dam. In March, the three countries had signed a declaration of principles on the dam, agreeing to safeguard the interests of all three countries.

The Dutch firm Deltares withdrew from a bid to conduct the dam studies due to divergences of roles with the French BRL group and the competence of each firm in preparing the report on the impact of the dam.

Egypt fears the dame, which will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant, will negatively affect its share of Nile water.

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