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Uzbekistan Supports UN Projects On Water Resources In Central Asia

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 17:17

The Government of Uzbekistan fully supports the projects on the use of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya water resources (those are the two major rivers of Central Asia) that were compiled within the framework of the UN conventions. According to Deputy Foreign Minister Anvar Nasyrov, the Uzbek side is ready to participate in their discussion. In his words, the United Nations recently circulated the drafts of its two conventions on the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya, which will create a legal framework for constructive cooperation in the water sector between the countries of the region.


“The Uzbek side fully supports these initiatives and expresses its readiness to participate in the negotiation process on these documents,” Nasyrov said. He expressed confidence that the visit to Uzbekistan by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on June 13, 2017 will strengthen coordination between the government of Uzbekistan and the UN system in mitigating the consequences of the disappearance of the Aral Sea.


“During his meetings with people in the Aral Sea area, the UN Secretary General stressed the need for the soonest solution of the existing issues. According to him, all efforts should be made in terms of attracting the necessary monetary resources from international financial organizations and institutions, as well as donor countries,” the deputy minister said.


Due to the uneven distribution of water resources in Central Asia, there is a long-term conflict of interests between the main water suppliers (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and its main consumers (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan).


Excessive water consumption from the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya – including due to the rapid growth of the region's population – has now led to a water shortage in a significant part of Central Asia. in particular, it has caused the drying of the Aral Sea. Since 1960, the area of the sea has decreased by almost three times; the water level has fallen by 29 meters; the volume of water in the sea has decreased by 15 times.

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