Thursday, June 24, 2004

Egypt, Sudan & Ethiopia water ministers meeting

Ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia met in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday to discuss [...] drinking water projects, the building of hydro-electric power stations, and the establishment of experimental farms and fishing zones in depressed areas, MENA said.

[...] Egypt's independent press regularly writes about dam construction projects under way in Ethiopia, allegedly in cooperation with Israel, which could slacken the flow of water and impact on Cairo's Nile water supply.

But Egyptian water resources minister, Mahmud Abu Zeid, said Ethiopia had the "right" to build dams and looked forward to cooperating with it on the matter. (full-text)