Talks took place on Saturday (7 May) between India and Bangladesh to work out the details of a formal agreement on sharing the waters of the River Ganges.
GV: Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram's residence.
SV: Ram greets Bangladesh delegation.
SEMI CU: cameramen
SV: Ram and Bangladesh delegates seated.
CU: Mr. B.M. Abbas, head of Bangladesh delegation.
GV: Ram with delegation
GV: External Affairs Ministry.
GV: delegations seated in conference room.
CU: Mr. Abbas shakes hands across table with Jagat Mehta of Indian External Affairs Ministry,who then shakes with other members of delegation.
SV PAN: Bangladesh delegates.
CU: Mr. Mehta speaking PULL OUT TO SHOW back view of head of bangladesh delegation listening,
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Background: Talks took place on Saturday (7 May) between India and Bangladesh to work out the details of a formal agreement on sharing the waters of the River Ganges. The two countries last month reached an understanding over the diversion of the river water, pointing end to a dispute which has peen going on for more than 20-years. The talks were held in the Indian capital, New Delhi.
Members of the 10-strong Bangladesh delegation called at the home of Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram before the formal meeting began. Mr. Ram has been closely involved in the dispute for some time -- as Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, he led an Indian team in talks which broke down Last September. The present understanding was reached during meetings between Mr Ram and Bangladesh President Major-General Ziaur Rahman.
The Bangladesh delegation which had left from Dacca the previous day, was headed by General Rahman's adviser on flood control and irrigation, Mr. B.N. Abbas.
The formal meeting was held at the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Indian delegation was led by top-ranking civil servant Mr Jagat Mehta, a foreign secretary at the ministry.
The Ganges water dispute centres round India's Farakka dam which controls the river's flow. The dam project was begun before Bangladesh came into existence after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, and since it opened two years ago (May 1975) Bangladesh has complained that India has been depriving it of supplies for irrigation.