The World Bank will appoint an expert to resolve a dispute between Pakistan and India over Indian plans to build a dam in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Pakistan has asked the bank to resolve the dispute after bilateral talks on the issue broke down last month. The bank's President James Wolfensohn told a news conference in Islamabad, he would appoint an expert under the terms of a 1960 water-sharing accord between the two neighbors which was also brokered by the bank. He said the bank will appoint a neutral expert who will make a judgment based on the facts.
Pakistan contends the dam on the Chenab river will disrupt the flow of water into Pakistan. India says the dam will make no difference.