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Thursday, December 04, 2003
B'desh seeks Japan's help to stop India's river-linking plan :

B'desh seeks Japan's help to stop India's river-linking plan
Press Trust of India
Dhaka, December 2

Bangladesh sought Japan's help on Tuesday to stop India from carrying out its plan to link 37 rivers flowing into the Bay of Bengal.

"Bangladesh gets 65 per cent of water through the flow of the Brahmaputra river and if the water is withdrawn in the upstream, a large part of Bangladesh will be turned into a desert," Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed was quoted by the official BSS news agency as telling a Japanese parliamentary team.

He urged Japan to play a role so that Bangladesh was not affected by the Indian plan.

He alleged the plan violated international laws on sharing water from rivers which flow through more than one country.

Shin Sakurai, head of the five-member Japanese team, said Bangladesh should consult with China, India and Nepal to improve water resource management in the region, BSS said.

Bangladesh has demanded India halt planning for the project until an agreement is reached between the two countries.

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