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Central Asia: Water Supply Becomes Regional Matter

Khujand, Tajikistan, 21 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Top officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended a meeting on the Central Asian water supply in Khujand, Tajikistan, during the weekend.

The representatives of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan asked if Tajikistan would be willing to increase the amount of water which flows into the Syr Darya River.

Tajik officials said they would not lower the flow but said any decision to increase the volume of water flowing from Kairakum Lake reservoir would have to be approved by the Tajik central government.

Kyrgyzstan has already said it intends to begin charging Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for water flowing from the Naryn River into the Syr Darya.

Most of the region's water comes from sources in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.