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World Bank ruling on Baglihar on Feb 12

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 11:25 IST
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Both India and Pakistan will be notified of the decision of the nuetral expert on the construction of the Baglihar dam on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, the World Bank has said.

India and Pakistan will be notified on February 12, the decision concerning the construction of the Baglihar Dam on the Chenab river by Professor Raymond Lafitte, the neutral expert appointed to address a "difference" between the two countries, the bank said in a statement.

That decision will be made available to representatives of New Delhi and Islamabad in Bern, Switzerland, it said.

Under the terms of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, Professor Lafitte was appointed by the World Bank, after consultations with the two governments, on May 10, 2005 to render a decision on a "difference" between the two governments regarding the Baglihar project.

According to the provisions of the Treaty, the decision of Professor Lafitte on all matters within his competence is final and binding, the Bank said and made the the point that it would have no role in the public dissemination of the text of the decision.

".. The Indus Waters Treaty was concluded on September 19, 1960 by India and Pakistan with support from the World Bank. The Treaty divided the river system between the two countries. The World Bank is a signatory to the Treaty for certain specified purposes. It is not a guarantor of the Treaty," the bank said.

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