On the contrary, Ghandour tried to point to the benefits of the dam to Khartoum and Cairo during his visit," said Nader Noureddin, a professor of agricultural resources at Cairo University.
The alternative, according to Noureddin
, would be an agreement that would clearly guarantee an amount of water every day or every year and would not affect Egypt's water quota.
"That is the only way to guarantee that the dam will not affect the amount of water reaching Sudan
and Egypt," he
also pointed to the fact that while the main dam is more than half built, the saddle dam, which is more likely to affect the water quota, is still in its initial stages.
"It is definitely better for the negotiators to focus on the height of that dam.
If it were reduced from 45 to 20 or 25 metre, that could solve most of the pending issues, including the water quota," he
Egypt currently receives 55.5 billion cubic metres of the Nile's water and Sudan
gets 18 billion cubic metres, as stipulated by a 1959 treaty.
said that resorting to international bodies was another option that would take time but could be the only option if negotiations fail.
The diplomat pointed to that option, as he
saw "no use" in the current negotiations.
"There is a possibility that the dam issue could be solved politically.
The presidents of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia should sit together and try to sort things out, as the declaration of principles stipulates," he