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Kazakh Bid For More Kyrgyz Water Comes Up Dry

Kyrgyzstan's Toktogul Reservoir

Kyrgyzstan's Toktogul Reservoir

BISHKEK, August 4, 2011 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakh and Kyrgyz officials have failed to reach agreement on a Kazakh request for additional water supplies from upstream Kyrgyzstan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

An official delegation from South Kazakhstan Oblast held talks on the issue in Bishkek this week.

Kyrgyz Deputy Energy Minister Avtandil Kalmamatov told RFE/RL that the Kazakh delegation asked for more water for wheat and cotton producers in South Kazakhstan. He said no concrete agreement was reached, but further talks will be held very soon.

If an agreement is reached, Kyrgyzstan will release water from its Toktogul Reservoir.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan face perennial water shortages in mid-summer as the wheat and cotton harvest season approaches.

Read more in Kyrgyz here