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Chu - Talas (7)

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The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic share the waters of transboundary Central Asian rivers Chu and Talas, which provide essential resources for irrigation of the vast agricultural lands in both countries as well as opportunities for the generation of hydropower.

At the regional level, the two countries reached a formal agreement in 2000 on the use of interstate water facilities in the basin through the establishment of the Chu Talas Joint River Commission. This agreement is also unique in that it prescribes the costs of repairing and maintaining shared riverine infrastructure to be borne by Kazakhstan, as the Kyrgyz Republic lacks the resources for such tasks.

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