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Ethiopia rejected a proposal that would guarantee Egypt the rights to most of the Nile River's water, as disagreements cast doubt over future talks about Africa's biggest hydropower project.The 6,000-megawatt Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Ethiopia's Blue Nile River, set to be completed in 2017, has raised concern in Cairo that it will reduce the flow of the Nile, which provides almost all of Egypt's water. The $4.2 billion dam 30 kilometers from Sudan's border will benefit agricultural and power interests in the region and not cause water losses downstream, Ethiopia says.Ethiopia also rejected an Egyptian suggestion to immediately form a panel of neutral experts to adjudicate any disputes arising from planned studies of the dam's hydrological and environmental impact, Ethiopian Water and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu said.A Cooperative Framework Agreement has been signed by Ethiopia and five other Nile nations that adopts principles of "equitable and reasonable" use of waters that do not cause "significant harm" to other states.
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