NEWS AND EVENTS
April 28, 2011
Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan: Construction of giant hydropower stations on Transboundary Rivers unacceptable
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Council of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan Mr. B.Alikhanov responded through the media to the statements of the Minister of Energy and Industry of Tajikistan Sherali Gul, who earlier said that “the technical parameters of Rogun HPS will not be changed after the completion of environmental review of the project.”
“Hence, a senior Tajik official in fact rejected the findings of the international examination well in advance, when the outcome of investigation wasn’t even announced. the Tajik side thereby is casting doubt into the competency of the international examination, denying the interests of neighboring countries and the international community and the World Bank, which supported the will of the Central Asian countries on the need for an objective and comprehensive examination of the project on building hydropower stations in transboundary waters. The examination, which is financed and carried out by WB,” said the Uzbek parliamentarian.
He further noted that the Tajik side wants to demonstrate to the world that it does not want to “take into account the findings of international experts,” putting at risk not only the residents of neighboring countries, “but also its own citizens living below the stream of the Rogun dam.”
“Uzbekistan has consistently maintained a clear and principled position on the unacceptability of construction of giant hydropower stations on the transboundary rivers, which are vital for the entire population of the region.
Such issues in Central Asia should be considered and decided on the basis of universally recognized norms and principles of international law, as well as on the basis of availability of a consensus among the countries of the region,” concluded Mr.Alihanov.