Egypt says not to sign agreement that breaches its water rights (2)

10:10, April 20, 2010      

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However, the minister did not mention what kind of measures that his country intends to adopt in case upstream countries insisted on their stance.

Egypt insists that any future agreement should leave its share of Nile water intact based on a treaty it reached with Sudan in 1959 by which 55.5 billion cubic meters of water are allocated to Egypt per year.

Cairo also insists that any possible deal must include an " early notification" mechanism to provide all the ten Nile Basin countries with enough time to study the effects of any proposed project on the river and that decision making on any given project be based on majority voting.

The Nile Basin water resources ministers failed on April 13 to reach a consensus over a cooperative framework on the allocation of Nile water resources among 10 basin countries.

Upstream countries asserted that they will press ahead with the Cooperative Framework Agreement on the Nile Basin Initiative on May 14, regardless of the differences among member countries.

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