No third-party in Indus talks: India
India categorically ruled out possibility of any third party intervention to resolve objections raised under the Indus Water Treaty by Pakistan concerning the Baglihar Hydel Project.india Updated: May 28, 2003 10:54 IST
India on Tuesday categorically ruled out possibility of any third party intervention to resolve objections raised under the Indus Water Treaty by Pakistan concerning the Baglihar Hydel Project in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We do not want any third party intervention in the discussions between India and Pakistan on Indus Water Treaty," Water Resources Minister Arjun Charan Sethi told PTI.
This statement of the Minister assumes significance in the wake of official level talks on the working of the IWT beginning here tomorrow.
Asked about the Pakistan's notice to India on appointment of a neutral expert to determine the alleged violation of the Treaty during the construction of the Hydel Project, the Minister said "this is a bilateral treaty and the discussions should be held bilaterally."
"Where is the question of any third party intervention in a bilateral treaty," he asked.
Sethi said India had been committed to the Treaty, which had been working smoothly as far as sharing of water of river Indus was concerned.
"There has been no hitch in the working of the Treaty till date," the Minister said and added "if there is anything the Pakistani side wanted to raise in the meeting tomorrow, it would be discussed there."