Will there be a peaceful solution to the dispute over the Renaissance Dam?

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    The question many are asking is whether Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will overcome the dilemma of the rebirth dam , at the heart of the nine-year-old tensions between the three countries.

    After several months of reluctance, Ethiopia has finally responded positively to the United States’ mediation offer. A meeting is therefore planned between the three countries in Washington to end the stalemate.

    At the heart of this conflict is the right to water. For the three countries share the waters of the Nile. The Blue Nile originates in Ethiopia, joins the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan, to form the Nile that crosses Sudan and Egypt before flowing into the Mediterranean.

    Egypt is opposed to Ethiopia’s construction of the dam, which began in 2012. It fears a reduction in the flow of the river from which 90% of its water supply comes.

    High hopes are pinned on these internationally mediated talks, as analysts believe that the absence of an agreement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt could lead to conflict between the three countries and have serious humanitarian consequences.

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