Vietnam calls for fair, sustainable use of Mekong River resources

VN Express –

Vietnam has asked all riparian countries of the Mekong River to act together in using its water and other resources in a fair and sustainable manner.

“We believe that along with the legitimate interests in utilizing the water resources of the Mekong River for development, countries need to have a mutual responsibility in using the water source and resources fairly and sustainably, ensuring the balanced interests for all countries, for the prosperity and sustainable development of the region,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday.

She was responding to questions raised at a regular press meet about the impacts of China launching a trial run of the Jinghong Dam from January 1 to 4.

The dam reduced the water’s output from 1,200-1,400 m3/s down to 800-1,000 m3/s during the first three days, before further reducing it to 504-800 m3/s on January 4. The water output was restored to normal levels later, said China’s Ministry of Water Resources.

Thailand had previously warned that eight of its provinces along the river would experience water shortages due to the dam’s trial run, estimating water levels to fall by 40-110 cm.

“Vietnam always monitors, studies and evaluates activities regarding the water source of the Mekong River,” Hang said.

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