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Indo-Pak talks on Indus Waters Treaty fail to break deadlock

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The latest round of talks between and on the Indus Waters Treaty have ended without any agreement, the World has said, while asserting that it will continue to work with complete impartiality to resolve the issues in an amicable manner.

Amid a chill in bilateral ties, the second round of discussions between and on Ratle and Kishanganga hydroelectric projects, over which has raised objections, took place at the World headquarters here on September 14 and 15 under the aegis of the World


"While an agreement has not been reached at the conclusion of the meetings, the World will continue to work with both countries to resolve the issues in an amicable manner and in line with the Treaty provisions," the World said in a statement.

"Both countries and the World appreciated the discussions and reconfirmed their commitment to the preservation of the Treaty," it said after the conclusion of the Secretary-level discussions between the two countries on the technical issues of the Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants within the framework of the Indus Waters Treaty.

The World remains committed to act in good faith and with "complete impartiality and transparency" in fulfilling its responsibilities under the Treaty, while continuing to assist the countries, it said in its statement.

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.

The World Bank's role in relation to the "differences" and "disputes" is limited to the designation of people to fulfil certain roles when requested by either or both of the parties.

The Indian delegation was led by the Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjit Singh. It also included India's Indus Water Commissioner and representatives from the ministry of external affairs, power, and Central Water Commission.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Secretary Water Resources Division Arif Ahmed Khan along with Secretary of Water and Power Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, High Commissioner of Indus Waters Treaty Mirza Asif Baig and Joint Secretary of Water Syed Mehar Ali Shah.

The last round of talks were held on August 1, which the World said were held in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 14:42 IST
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