A full-scale war over water may start in Central Asia, if Kyrgyzstan, under the auspices of Russia, will not stop the construction of new hydropower stations on rivers, Gazeta.ru. reports citing Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan. “

“Hydroelectric power chain will leave the irrigation ditches without water, and the Aral Sea will dry out,” said the President. 

The problem of water resources has always been extremely important in Central Asia, causing fierce debates. According to Islam Karimov, the countries of the region should elaborate a coordinated position on construction of new hydropower stations on rivers that flow through the territories of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Otherwise, the water and energy problems may escalate and ‘cause not only serious confrontation, but even wars.’

Islam Karimov has repeatedly appealed to the UN demanding ‘to carry out a comprehensive international expertise before starting to build, or sign the documents with some great states on construction of hydropower stations,’ referring to the Russian Federation and Kyrgyzstan.