Water dispute to figure in US-Pak talks
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 21:52
Washington: The US on Tuesday said it finds "potential for conflict" between India and Pakistan over water-sharing and said it would engage the subject in its dialogue with the two South Asian neighbours so as to prevent any tension in the region.

"We want to help countries avoid conflict over water. The potential for conflict over it exists not only in Pakistan and in India, but in other places as well," said Maria Otero, the US Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs.

The subject is going to be one of the six pillars of US-Pak strategic dialogue that is scheduled to be held on March 24. The meeting would be co-chaired by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

"The issue is the recognition of water as a potential source of conflict in our elevated effort to address it with greater priority than we have in the past," she said in her interaction with the State Department Press Corps on the occasion of World Water Day.

"Whether it (the US) will become the mediator in any particular conflict is not something that we're prepared to say right now," she said.

"But we're not at this point saying that the US is now going to change its policy. I think we need to work on this some and find ways to make sure that, especially in the Pakistan-Indian case, we can help move that situation forward to an improved situation," Otero said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 21:52

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