August 19, 2016

NLD spokesman refutes speculations about resuming Myitson Dam project

Confluence of Maykha and Malikha rivers.
Confluence of Maykha and Malikha rivers.

THE spokesperson of the incoming government denied the fact that the controversial Myitson Dam project is expected to resume during the time of the next government.
Asked by journalists whether the project will resume in the time of next government, U Zaw Myint Maung, the spokesperson of the next government, replied that the next government, led by the National League for Democracy, would not consider resuming the project if it adversely effects local people.
Following Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Hong Lian’s message on 4 March expressing that China is willing to negotiate with Myanmar’s new government on the Myitsone Dam project,  there have emerged speculations that the US $3.6-billion Myitsone Dam project would possibly be reviewed again in the time of the next government.
“Just rumours,” said Dr Zaw Myint Maung referring the speculations, “According to the policy of NLD, we will not do anything that would have negative impacts on the people.”
The dam project, located at the confluence of the Maykha and Malikha rivers on the Ayeyawady River, was suspended in 2011 by current President U Thein Sein during his presidential term.
Critics and environmentalists in Myanmar have warned of the social and environmental consequences of the project.


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