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Big win against Pak in the World Bank

 India and Pakistan will hold another round of talks here next month to discuss differences in the implementation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), the World Bank said today.

Ahead of the next round of talks, the global lender also issued a fact sheet giving its stated position on the IWT under which India is allowed to construct hydroelectric facilities on the shared Indo-Pak rivers.

As per the IWT provisions, India does not require any approval or clearance from third party for constructing projects such as Kishenganga on the Western Rivers.

The World Bank's statement came after India and Pakistan concluded the secretary-level talks over the IWT on Monday, with the global lender maintaining that it was held in a spirit of "goodwill and cooperation".

"The parties have agreed to continue discussions and reconvene in September in Washington, DC," the World Bank said in a brief statement issued at the conclusion of

the talks.

However, it did not provide any other details.

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

Noting that the two countries disagree over whet-her the technical design features of the two hydroelectric plants contravene the treaty, the World Bank said the IWT designates these two rivers as well as the Indus as the "Western Rivers" to which Pakistan has unrestricted use.

"Among other uses, India is permitted to construct hydroelectric power facilities on these rivers subject to constraints specified in annexure to the treaty," the Bank said in its fact sheet.

In the lengthy fact sheet, the World Bank said Pakistan 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, India had asked for the appointment of a neutral expert to look into the issues, contending the concerns Pakistan raised were "technical" ones. 


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