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Indus Water Treaty: No agreement yet between India and Pak, says World Bank

Treaty was signed in 1960 after 9 years of negotiations between India, Pakistan with the help of the World Bank, which is also a signatory

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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The latest round of talks between and on Treaty concluded without reaching an agreement, the World has said even as it assured that both countries will continue to work to resolve the issues in an amicable manner.

"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 appreciated the discussions and reconfirmed their commitment to the preservation of the Treaty," the said after the conclusion of the Secretary-level discussions between the two South Asian neighbours on the technical issues of the Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants within the framework of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).

The two-day discussion took place at the headquarters on September 14-15.

"The World Bank 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," the bank said in its statement.

The IWT 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 "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 had representatives from Ministry of External Affairs, Power, India's Commissioner 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 was held on August 1, which the World bank said were held in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation.

First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 11:30 IST