East African states at loggerheads over control of Nile

By bne IntelliNews May 24, 2010
A political storm is brewing asnine African states battle for control of the precious waters of the Nile River.Although Egypt currently has the right to around 80% of the rivers water,Kenya has become the fifth of nine nations to sign a treaty that will provideeach with greater access. Including Kenya and Egypt, the nine countries areSudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda andBurundi. Egypt and Sudan have rejected the treaty. A 1929 treaty signed byBritain and Egypt has been described by the other seven countries as obsolete.The British Foreign Office was reported as saying it was following developmentsclosely but would not be intervening in the row.

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