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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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