A dispute of many years' standing was settled in Cairo, Nov 8, when representatives of the United Arab Republic and the Sudan signed an agreement on the distribution of Nile waters.
SV Leaders enter hall.
LV Tallat Farid seated with Sudanese delegation.
SV Charabasi, Kaussuny and Abass Zaki seated.
SV Farid (left) and Mohieddin (right) signing agreement.
CU Mohieddin signs.
CU Farid signs.
LV Signing the agreement.
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Background: A dispute of many years' standing was settled in Cairo, Nov 8, when representatives of the United Arab Republic and the Sudan signed an agreement on the distribution of Nile waters. Another agreement, for one year, provides for two-way trade worth GBP10 million.
Under the Nile agreement - signed by Minister of the Interior Colonel Zakaria Mohieddin for the UAR, and by Minister of Information General Tallat Farid for the Sudan - the Sudan will get 15,500 cubic metres of the waters and Egypt 55,500 cubic metres, after the Aswan High Dam is built. Construction is to begin next month.
It was agreed that Egypt and the Sudan, through a joint body would take a unified attitude towards the demands of other States for a share of the waters.
These riparian States are Ethiopia, the British territories of Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika, and the Belgian Congo. Last month the Foreign Office in London said that, in the British view, a comprehensive settlement of the Nile waters problem would require a conference between all seven countries.
The agreement signed in Cairo provides for the establishment of a permanent technical body with equal representation from each side to promote the exploitation of Nile waters. Both Governments formally agree to the construction of the Aswan High Dam, and to a dam at Roseires, on the Blue Nile in Sudan territory.