Experts Sign Draft On Kishanganga Project
12 May 2005
Associated Press of Pakistan
Karachi: Pakistan and India on Thursday signed draft prepared in the wake of talks on Kishanganga Hydropower Project. The preparation of the draft was delayed by two days due to serious objections, raised by the respective parties on certain clauses. The three-day official talks ended on Tuesday but the experts continued their informal deliberations to reach a meaningful consensus on the draft.This delay also held up the return of Indian delegation to New Delhi. Pakistan Indus Water Basin Commissioner Syed Jamaat Ali Shah told reporters before signing the document that many things had to be kept in view before preparing the draft. He said draft includes all the things that had been discussed by the experts during their three days of talks and nothing beyond the deliberations. Shah said the draft has been prepared within the ambit of the Indus Water Treaty. His Indian counterpart D. K. Mehta said the two sides discussed technical matters during their talks, held under article nine of the Indus Water Basin Treaty. The experts are expected to meet again for the second round of talks in New Delhi later this month on the occasion of annual meeting of Indus Water Basin Commission.