20 Iranian MPs warned Rohani over Caspian water transfer project

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), 20 members of Iran’s parliament have warned Hassan Rohani over the consequences of transferring water from Caspian to Semnan.

Isa Kalantari, head of the Iranian Environmental Protection Agency, has told Semnan governor, the project will be implemented, according to some sources.

In a written memorandum Iranian MPs ask Iran’s President Hassan Rohani to revoke the project immediately, saying that despite objections from environmental experts and members of the parliament, some of the officials are still reaffirming the implementation of the project.

The project which will pave the way for transferring water from Caspian in the north to the drought-ridden Semnan province is highly objected by the environmental activists and most of the Iran’s MPs.

The Caspian Sea’s disputed legal status further complicates the water transfer project. There is still no international agreement about whether to define the Caspian as a sea or a lake, and that makes the extent of territorial waters and sharing formula rather vague. The sea is bordered by five countries: Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.