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Indus Water Treaty: The Negotiating Process

For many arid and semiarid countries, international water bodies are the only new additional sources of water that could be economically developed to meet their ever increasing water requirements. Agreements between cobasin countries are necessary if such sources are to be developed promptly and properly. While some attempt is now being made to develop laws of nonnavigable uses of international watercourses, regrettably not enough attention has been paid thus far to review the negotiating processes that have led to successful water treaties. The present paper is an analysis of the negotiating process that resulted in the Indus River Treaty between India and Pakistan.

Asit K. Biswas, 1992, Water International, Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 201-209
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