The Uzbek President Islam Karimov warned of a possible war over the dwindling water resources in Central Asia and urged Kyrgyzstan to halt the construction of new hydroelectric power plants on Thursday.
“A large number of hydropower plants along Transboundary Rivers dried up the irrigation systems and the Aral Sea“remarked Karimov.
The use of water is a long-standing conflict issue in Central Asia and the reason for always re-erging tensions between the Turkic states.
According to the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, there should be a multilateral agreement on the construction of new hydroelectric power stations in Central Asia, which should be respected by Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Otherwise, the water problems could escalate, which “not only end up in serious clashes, but also in all-out wars.”
The state of Kyrgyzstan, which recently built new hydroelectric power plants with the help of the Russian Federation, appealed to the Uzbek President to first evaluate the effects of such action objectively; before a decision turns out to have direct consequences on the entire region.