INTRODUCTION: India and Bangladesh resumed talks in New Delhi on Friday (21 January) on their dispute over sharing the waters of the River Ganges.
INTRODUCTION: India and Bangladesh resumed talks in New Delhi on Friday (21 January) on their dispute over sharing the waters of the River Ganges. The issue has strained relations between the two countries because Bangladesh claims that India's diversion of the Ganges through the Farakka Barrage, north of Calcutta, does not leave Bangladesh with a fair share of water for irrigation during the dry season.
There were also meetings last year to help soothe other issues such as the alleged border incidents between the Indian border police and the Bangladesh Rifles. Those talks ended with an Indian spokesman denying that Indian troops had ever infiltrated Bangladesh, as had been alleged in some press reports. The leader of the Bangladesh delegation had refused to comment on the issue to reporters.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place in Hyderabad House, New Delhi. No details have yet been released, but at the end of the last round of talks in Bangladesh in December, Rear Admiral Mossarraf Hoffain Khan, Chief of the Bangladesh naval staff, said the two countries had agreed it was urgent to find a short term settlement before the next dry season, and Indian Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Jagjivan Ram said both delegations had open and free minds and understood each other views.
Rear Admiral Khan said he thought there was a possibility of a breakthrough at these talks and he based his optimism on India's realisation of the problems facing Bangladesh because of its shortage of water. The two countries have met several times in the past year to try to end the argument.