Monday, May 02, 2005

ENERGY SECURITY: Indian turf war over Bangladesh pipeline

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According to a report in Indian Express, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has said that the preamble in the MoU would be reworded to remove the condition of resolving the bilateral issues for the trilateral agreement on the pipeline. Besides, the Petroleum Ministry would henceforth be "de-linked" from such bilateral negotiations. Bangladesh has many misgivings over the pipeline project, with anti-Indian sentiment and irrational fears of the project depriving Bangladesh of its resources among them. Now India's proposed rewording of the preamble could become an excuse for Dhaka to slip out of the project.

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