July 3, 2008

Kyrgyzstan Resumes Water Supply to Kazakhstan

Excerpt from report by state-owned Kyrgyz news agency Kabar

Bishkek, 3 July: "Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have reached a bilateral decision to resume supply of water from Kyrgyzstan to the neighbouring country," an adviser to the Kazakh embassy in Kyrgyzstan, Boranbek Albergenov, has told a Kabar news agency correspondent.

"Three days ago, a delegation headed by [Kazakh] Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Duysenbay Turganov and the chairman of the Agriculture Ministry's committee for water resources, Anatoliy Ryabtsev, arrived in Bishkek. The representatives of the delegation met Kyrgyz Prime Minister Igor Chudinov. At a meeting held following the talks, it was decided to resume supply of water," Albergenov said.

The adviser said that the delegation left back for Kazakhstan as recently as yesterday, after the talks with the country's prime minister.

[Passage omitted: the supply of water was suspended because of low water levels at the Kyrgyz reservoir]

Originally published by Kabar, Bishkek, in Russian 0803 3 Jul 08.

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