Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mekong River Commission passes the buck on Don Sahong dam



Mekong River Commission passes the buck on Don Sahong dam

Mekong River Commission passes the buck on Don Sahong dam

Members of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) will discuss the future of the proposed Don Sahong Dam at the government level after failing to reach an agreement through the MRC’s Council, it was announced yesterday.

In a statement, the MRC said as there was still differing views on when prior consultation for the 260-megawatt hydropower plant should finish, the matter would be referred to the Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian governments to resolve through diplomatic channels.

The announcement comes six months after the issue was referred to the MRC Council, the inter-governmental organisation’s highest governance body.

Though Laos is determined to push ahead with the dam, the other lower Mekong countries have called for more time to allow further studies on its impact on the river’s ecosystem.

According to the MRC, governments can communicate any decision to the MRC Council for further proceedings and can resort to mediation by mutual agreement according to the principles of international law.

Conservation group International Rivers yesterday called for more transparency about the decision to refer the issue to governments given the issue’s international importance, saying the announcement’s implications were still uncertain.

“It is unclear about who’s responsible for this very critical regional issue and if MRC can still be a platform for governments to discuss and consider this,” the group’s Thailand campaign coordinator, Pianporn Deetes, said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese