Bangladesh wants fast solution to Teesta issue: Rawat

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 07, 2013 14:19 hrs

New Delhi, Mar 7 (IBNS) Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday said the Government of Bangladesh has emphasized the need to find the solution to the issue of Teesta water sharing between the two countries without further delay.

"The issue of signing of Teesta Water Agreement has been discussed by the two Governments at various fora including the 2nd Joint Consultative Commission meeting at the level of Foreign Minister in February 2013 in Dhaka. At all such discussions Bangladesh has highlighted the need for conclusion of an early agreement," Rawat said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

He said during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Dhaka in September 2011, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the progress on the principles and modalities of interim agreements on sharing of waters of Teesta River on fair and equitable basis.

"They directed the concerned officials to work towards concluding the agreements at the earliest. The endeavour of the Government is to arrive at an agreement on the sharing of Teesta water on a fair and equitable basis which is acceptable to all the parties concerned, and which protects the interests of all stakeholders," said the minister.

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