Teesta water deal to be signed soon: Bangladesh PM

Last Updated: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 22:47

Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has
said India and Bangladesh will soon ink a pact on Teesta water
sharing, but refused to specify any timeline for the landmark
deal.

"I will not mention any specific timeline for it. Rather,
I will say that it is a matter of time. The two countries will
ink the Teesta deal through discussion," Hasina told top
leaders of the ruling Awami League in the capital.
Amid disappointment in Bangladesh over the government`s
failure to ink the deal with India during Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s September 6-7 visit to Dhaka, she
asked the people not to get frustrated.

Addressing a joint meeting of Awami League Central
Working Committee and party advisory council in the capital
yesterday, Hasina gave an assurance that the treaty will be
signed with India soon, according to Star online, the website
of The Daily Star.

She blamed non-Awami League government for failing to
take initiative to establish Bangladesh`s right to equal share
of water of common rivers including the Teesta.

The failure to sign the deal on Teesta water sharing cast
a shadow over the two-day visit of the Indian premier earlier
this month.
Prime Minister Singh has said all technicalities of an
agreement on Teesta river water-sharing were settled but West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s disagreement with it
led to the cancellation of its signing.

However, India has expressed the hope that the two
neighbours would be able arrive at an agreement on the sharing
of the waters of the Teesta.

During Singh`s visit, India and Bangladesh inked various
pacts, including a long-term Comprehensive Framework Agreement
on Cooperation and Development that sets out the vision,
principles and modalities of bilateral relationship, provides
a structure and identify priorities to the ties.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 22:47
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