Kazakhstan Urges Neighbors to Establish Water-Energy Consortium

7 Apr 2008 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
ASTANA, Kazakhstan

- Kazakhstan is urging other countries of the Aral Sea basin to establish a water-energy consortium to regulate water supply in exchange for fuel and to help solve financial problems. "We will continue to consistently urge our partners in Central Asia on (the creation) of a water-energy consortium," Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeev told members of the Parliament's Senate in late March. He emphasized that there have been attempts to come to an agreement with other Central Asian countries in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Community, whose other members are Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, but the parties have not even agreed on the concept of the consortium...

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