Bangladesh minister wants single treaty covering common rivers

Visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni today said Dhaka wants a single treaty for management of all 54 common rivers flowing through her country and India.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 00:51 AM IST

Agartala: Visiting Bangladesh Foreign
Minister Dipu Moni today said Dhaka wants a single treaty for
management of all 54 common rivers flowing through her country
and India.

"We want joint management of the common rivers to
promote livelihood of the people living in the river basins
instead of one treaty for one river," she told a press
conference here.

She said after the Ganga water treaty was signed,
another treaty on Teesta is awaited.

"If it goes on like this, how much time will it take
to complete treaties covering the 54 common rivers," she
asked.

Moni said the dispute between the two countries over
enclaves and the undemarcated land encompassing 6.5 km on the
Indo-Bangla border would be resolved through negotiations.

There are altogether 162 enclaves of the two
countries.

On cross-border terrorism, the minister said both the
countries are against terrorism and had formulated a
multi-pronged joint action mechanism including sharing of
information.

"Bangladesh will not in any way allow use of it`s soil
by any violent group," she emphasised.

On a bilateral extradition treaty, she said the two
countries had not reached any agreement, "but it is not
impossible".

"Opposition parties in Bangladesh could oppose transit
and transhipment facilities extended to India, but it is good
for both the countries," she said.

-PTI