The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) study on the potential long-term effects of large-scale dam building on the Mekong River needs to be expedited, members of the MRC agreed at the Fifth Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo on Saturday. However, they did not set a date for the completion of the study or agree to abide by its recommendations. According to an official statement issued after the summit, leaders of the MRC nations “reaffirmed the vital importance of sustainable management and development of water and related resources of the Mekong River.” “To this end, the MRC was encouraged to expedite
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