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Vol 54 No 13

Published 21st June 2013


Egypt

Dam and blast it

Cairo has backed down from threats of war over Ethiopia’s dam on the Nile but has failed to resolve any of the serious environmental issues

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mohamed Kamel Amr, was trying to calm tension over the control of the River Nile, after a meeting his Ethiopian counterpart, Tewodros Adhanom, in Addis Ababa on 18 June. A week ago, Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi was saying he would not rule out going to war to stop Ethiopia from building its US$4.7 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on a stretch of the Abay (Blue Nile) that runs close to the Ethiopian-Sudanese border.

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