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4-08-2014, 16:51

Rogun Hydropower Project Threatens to Whole Region: R. Azimov


Avesta.Tj | 04.08.2014 | Uzbekistan cannot support conclusions of the international experts, and will not support the construction of Rogun HPP project, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov claimed at a meeting of the representatives of Central Asia in Almaty, Kazakhstan on July 18.

According to the UzDaily, the meeting was held to discuss key issues of the World Bank's Rogun Assessment Studies.

Rustam Azimov highlighted that Uzbekistan did not participate in previous stages of expertise of the construction of Rogun HPP. Uzbekistan also did not participate in the meetings as it considers that organization of the expertise, selection of consultants, its financing and determining technical tasks and other important parameters does not meet international standards of independence, impartiality, objectiveness, and transparency of assessment of the project.

"Uzbekistan had hoped that the World Bank in its work on the project on construction of Rogun would adhere to the basic principles of integrity, transparency, objectivity and international best practice. However, these hopes were not justified.

The World Bank ignored large part of reasoned arguments and positions on large-scale technological, environmental, social and economic threats of the Rogun project. There were no answers to key issues raised by Uzbekistan”, said the First Deputy Prime Minister.

The Minister recalled that the project of Rogun's construction was developed 44 years ago and it is fully outdated now both on technical approaches and constriction norms, as well as modern standards of environmental safety. He criticized consultants, who did not understand or fully ignored that approaches to construction of such giant establishment.

Azimov also added the conclusions of the consultants and experts on Rogun HPP are absolutely unacceptable for Uzbekistan. They only focused their efforts to promote the project, ignoring interests of the population and states located in lower stream of Amu Darya.