India takes strong exception to World Bank decision on Indus Waters Treaty

Vikas Swarup, said, "Under the Indus Waters Treaty, signed between India and Pakistan and also the World Bank in 1960, the World Bank has a specified role in the process of resolution of differences and disputes."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 10, 2016 10:23 pm
Indus Waters Treaty, World Bank, Indo-Pak differences, Kishenganga hydroelectric project, Ratle hydroelectric projects, Ministry of External Affairs, MEA, india news, indian express news, indian express Commenting on The World Bank’s decision to proceed with both steps simultaneously the statement said that the two parallel difference or dispute resolution mechanisms at the same time is legally untenable.

India on Thursday raised questions over ‘legally untenable action’ of World Bank while dealing with Indo-Pak differences on Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects under Indus Waters Treaty, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). In response to a query on Kishenganga matter at the World Bank, MEA official spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, said, “Under the Indus Waters Treaty, signed between India and Pakistan and also the World Bank in 1960, the World Bank has a specified role in the process of resolution of differences and disputes.”

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The statement further said, “On the issue of differences between India and Pakistan on Kishenganga and Ratle Hydroelectric Projects under the Indus Waters Treaty, India had asked the World Bank to appoint a Neutral Expert to resolve the differences of a technical nature which are within the domain of a neutral technical expert. Pakistan had sought the establishment of a Court of Arbitration, which is normally the logical next step in the process of resolution in the Treaty. The Neutral Expert can also determine that there are issues beyond mere technical differences.”

Commenting on The World Bank’s decision to proceed with both steps simultaneously the statement said that the two parallel difference or dispute resolution mechanisms at the same time is legally untenable. “The World Bank has decided to proceed with both steps simultaneously. It was pointed by the Government to the World Bank that the pursuit of two parallel difference/ dispute resolution mechanisms – appointment of a Neutral Expert and establishment of a Court of Arbitration – at the same time is legally untenable. Inexplicably, the World Bank has decided to continue to proceed with these two parallel mechanisms simultaneously. India cannot be party to actions which are not in accordance with the Indus Waters Treaty. The Government will examine further options and take steps accordingly.”

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First Published on: November 10, 2016 10:17 pm
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    IndiaSelfGoal
    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:22 am
    The two parallel proceedings are based on two separate issues. Each issue can have its own separate proceedings. The problem was caused by India's deliberate delay tactics. Deliberate delay and obfuscation is itself cause of a separate issue for which World Bank has setup the Court of Arbitration on request of stan. Feeling guilty, India asked for a Neutral Expert on some other issue. So that is why there are two parallel proceedings.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India killed itself when it called off all meetings of the water commission citing cross-border terror. This delay tactic allowed stan to ask for Court of Arbitration under rules of the Treaty.
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      Kl
      Nov 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm
      Indus Water treaty is another great betrayal by Congress Party. Congress Party gave away 80 percent of Indus waters to stan, and in turn stan exports terrorists to India. It is utter foolish and criminal on the part of Congress Party to give our Nations wealth to the enemy nation.
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        MyTake
        Nov 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm
        (The statement further said, “On the issue of differences between India and stan on Kishenganga and Ratle Hydroelectric Projects under the Indus Waters Treaty, ... )lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"Differences" and "war" is not same thing!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Has the World Bank been a role to play to resolve "war" between India and stan? If it is then whatbit is doing about it?
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          MyTake
          Nov 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm
          I am sure World Bank has a role to play in peace time and not when there is a war going on! I have not heard of maintenance of a peace treaty during a war! What war then means? Peace by other means? What history testifies?
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            Romik
            Nov 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm
            stan needs to be in 4 parts !
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              Kaliyug
              Nov 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm
              The UN and World Bank were set-up by bankers and weapons manufacturers, for them any conflict is profit, if one party starts winning they bring the UN as a peacemaker, while large sums of the country in conflict's money is moving into International banker's coffers. If India needs the water then it has to do whatever it takes to take it. Israel does not act, depend, obey or respect the above two insutions and they are good Western allies.
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                Lovely
                Nov 11, 2016 at 2:40 am
                Like Art 370, this agreement by Nehru was wrong.
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                  mathimathi
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm
                  world bank must stop its aided dam projects in all indian rivers.
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                    M.P.Rao
                    Nov 10, 2016 at 6:39 pm
                    India need not bother about world banks role or atude on Indus water treaty.Chaina did not bother about the judgement given by international court of Justice on south sea.let us go ahead with projects with meets the water requirements of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
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                      Priyank
                      Nov 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                      World bank should firsr stop papistan from exporting its terrorist forces to India then talk about Indus waters. Till then they should shut their mouth and mind their own business
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                        Prasad
                        Nov 27, 2016 at 4:41 am
                        India has to make a big paradigm shift on its approach to this white elephant called Indus water treaty (which I think it is slowly starting to do under the BJP leadership). The shift is - think that India is China and stan is India and the discussion is about the Brahmaputra river. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If world bank tries to step in try to question, call a session of Parliament and p a law that India is no longer bound by the unfair IWT considering current situation with stan. Then we should send a copy of that law to the world bank with a letter stating,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"Sorry guys, thanks but no thanks for your offer of help. We don't see any need for you guys to hang around when we have just dumped the IWT into the trash bin. You guys can get on with your other pressing jobs now. Being the good , responsible nation that we are, we promise that we will endeavour to arrive at a new treaty which is just and equitable to India after discussing all aspects threadbare with stan over the next 50 to 100 years. In the meanwhile, we promise to send whatever water is left after our consumption to stan without fail, and that is a solemn promise. We'll have your visiting card in our files just in case we need you guys sometime in the future. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So, long guys, nice knowing you all, now if you can clear the space, we have other important matters to attend to .....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Regardslt;br/gt;Sovereign Republic of India.
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                          rg subramanian
                          Nov 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm
                          Give this brief to Mr.P. Chidambaram, the former finance minister. He can argue this case for India successfully before the adjudicating authority.
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                            SUDESH
                            Nov 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm
                            IF STAN WILL CREATE WAR LIKE SITUATION,THEN INDIA SHOULD NOT CARE ABOUT THE WORLD BANK DECISION AND CARRY ON THE WORK ON THE DAM.
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