Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bangla seeks more technical info from India on Tipaimukh dam

Anisur Rahman

Ahead of Foreign Minister Dipu Moni&aposs maiden official visit to India, Bangladesh has said it has sought more technical information from New Delhi on the cross- border Tipaimukh dam, which it considered an"important"and"urgent"matter along with the maritime boundary issue.

"We have several issues with neighbours. We want to settle them on a win-win basis as neighbours are constant and relations should be on constant basis through continued engagements," Foreign Secretary Mizarul Quayes said at his first press conference yesterday after assuming office.

On the Tipaimukh dam in Manipur, he said Dhaka has sought more technical information from New Delhi on the hydro-electric project.

Bangladesh&aposs main opposition BNP has objected to the cross-border dam and demanded that the project be scrapped.

Quayes categorised the issues of maritime boundary with New Delhi and Yangon and the Tipaimukh dam as"important"and"urgent".

He said the report of the Bangladeshi parliamentary delegation, which visited the site of the Tipaimukh dam on the common Barak River, was being examined by experts.

He said talks on the maritime boundary with both Yangon and New Delhi were underway, noting that the issue involved"sensitivity on both sides".

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