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Constructive Indo-Pak IWT talks have raised hopes of solution:

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A constructive engagement between and during the recently held water talks in has raised hopes for an amicable resolution of disputes under the Indus Waters Treaty, a media report here said today.

Dawn quoted an international expert, who closely monitors the Indo-Pak water talks, as saying that this was the first time in many years that delegates "held a constructive discussion, instead of merely stating their official positions."

The expert, who was named by the daily, said in previous talks "sometimes the two sides did not even exchange formal greetings".

They would "just read the statements they brought with them and leave, but this time it was different," the expert said.

"A constructive engagement between and during the recently held water talks in has raised hopes for an amicable resolution of this dispute," the report said, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.

and held secretary-level talks over the Indus Waters Treaty last week in

In a fact sheet, the global lender has said opposes the construction of the Kishanganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric power plants being built by in Jammu and Kashmir.

The World Bank, which hosted the talks at its headquarters, also noticed the positive change and mentioned it in a press release on August 1, noting that the "meetings...Were held in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation", Dawn said.

In the lengthy fact sheet, the World Bank said asked it to facilitate the setting up of a Court of Arbitration to look into its concerns about the designs of the two hydroelectric power projects.

On the other hand, had asked for the appointment of a neutral expert to look into the issues, contending that the concerns raised were "technical" ones.

The international lender had in November 2016 initiated two simultaneous processes for appointing neutral expert and establishing of a court of arbitration to look into technical differences between the two countries in connection with the projects.

The simultaneous processes, however, were halted after objected to it.

After that, representatives of the World Bank held talks with and to find a way out separately.

The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between and with the help of the World Bank, which is also a signatory.

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First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 13:32 IST