New nile treaty siged despite Egyptian, Sudanese opposition
Four African states on Friday inked a new treaty on the equitable sharing of the Nile waters despite strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan who have the lion's share of the river waters. According to AFP, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania signed the new framework while Kenya issued a support statement.
Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo were not represented at the meeting in the Ugandan town of Entebbe.
The upstream countries want to be able to implement irrigation and hydropower projects in consultation with Egypt and Sudan, but without Cairo being able to exercise the veto power it was given by a 1929 colonial-era treaty with Britain.