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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Indian and Pakistani officials ended
talks having failed to resolve differences over an Indian plan to
build a dam in its portion of Kashmir that Pakistan fears will
deprive it of water.
Foreign ministry and energy officials from Pakistan and India met
for two days in Islamabad to discuss India's plans for the dam on
Wular Lake in Kashmir, a Himalayan region divided between the two
The Foreign Ministry said the "talks were held in (a) cordial and
"It was agreed that the discussions would continue at the next
round of the dialogue process with a view to finding a solution to
the issue," the ministry said in a statement.
"I think when you talk like this, you talk in an atmosphere of
understanding and you (are) taking few steps forward," state-run
Associated Press of Pakistan news agency quoted the head of Indian
delegation at the talks, V. K. Duggal, as saying.
No date was given for future talks on the dam.
India stopped constructing the dam in 1980s following complaints
by Pakistan. If completed, the dam would control the flow of water
into the Jehlum River that enters Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and
irrigates farmlands downstream in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province.
Pakistan fears the dam will deprive its farmers of water in
Punjab, considered to be the country's food basket.
Pakistani officials have said construction of the dam also
violates an agreement on the distribution of river waters between
Under the Indus Water Treaty, the two countries signed in 1960,
India was given control over the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej rivers, while
Pakistan was awarded the Jehlum, Indus and Chenab.
Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations and have
fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, including
two over the Himalayan region of Kashmir that each claims belongs to
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