Wednesday, June 22, 2011

[wvns] WikiLeaks: Water issues

Secret US cables accessed by Dawn through WikiLeaks: Water issues could sweep away Indo-Pak peace process, feared US
By Hasan Zaidi
KARACHI: American diplomats were not very hopeful about the long-term prospects of Pakistan and India easily resolving their disagreements about the "emotional issue" of water, especially given "Pakistani anxiety over access to water", according to a number of previously unpublished secret US diplomatic cables accessed by Dawn through WikiLeaks. They feared the water-related disputes would cast a long shadow over the `Composite Dialogue' process, the latest round of which begins in Islamabad on Thursday.

"Even if India and Pakistan could resolve the Baglihar and Kishanganga projects," wrote US Ambassador to New Delhi David Mulford in a confidential cable dated February 25, 2005, "there are several more hydroelectric dams planned for Indian Kashmir that might be questioned under the IWT (Indus Water Treaty)." Both Baglihar and Kishanganga projects are on the Chenab River, one of the three `western rivers' to whose waters Pakistan has exclusive `consumptive' rights under the IWT and which have been the source of long festering disagreement between the two neighbours....


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