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Gogoi to meet Krishna on Brahmaputra dam issue

June 16, 2011 - New Delhi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will meet External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday to ask him to take up the Brahmaputra River water issue with China

"We, as a state, cannot take any steps directly. But we have already raised it here... and definitely we will take up with External Affairs Minister. I will meet him," he said after a meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

He said the issue had come up earlier also and he had taken up the issue then with the Prime Minister.

"It is not a new issue. I had taken up the issue with the Prime Minister and Water Resources Minister earlier also. Chinese side had said that it will not affect downstream areas of Assam...But situation keep changing and we have to be careful," Gogoi added.

Gogoi also stated that the Prime Minister had expressed his support on this issue and assured all possible assistance in time of need.

Krishna on Monday had said his ministry was seeking more details from China on these reports.

"We are trying to get more details both from the government and our mission and then depending upon the report that we get, we will be able to make an assessment and then take appropriate diplomatic steps," he added.

The Brahmaputra River, which originates in Tibet and is known as the Tsang-Po there, is the major river that flows through Assam.

According to media reports, China is considering a new plan to divert the Brahmaputra waters from its upper reaches to fight drought conditions in its northwestern territories.


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