India and Bangladesh on Farakha

 Despite the claims made by Indian leaders
and the hopes aroused by several rounds of talks on Farakka held in turn at
Dacca and Delhi, no accord has yet been reached. The earlier reports on an
“understanding’ and a package deal, circulated by Indian leaders, have been
denied by Bangladesh Spokesman.

A Bangladesh Government Spokesman said on
September 4, that a verbal understanding had been reached between Indian and
Bangladesh on the Quantum of the share of the Ganga waters at Farakka “only for
the dries period of the year.”

The Spokesman was explaining
the position when his attention was drawn to a reported statement by the Prime
Minister of India and Bangladesh had reached a short-term agreement on sharing
the Ganga waters between the two countries.