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Since last September when the United Nations declared access to clean water a sustainable development goal, a number of countries have intensified efforts to promote water cooperation with neighboring countries.The only way out is for all countries to accept big compromises and to negotiate a comprehensive peace agreement with water cooperation prominently included in it.Water issues usually form an important part of peace agreements. In constructing post-Cold War Europe, water played an important part. There is a close relationship between regional peace and water cooperation.A similar pattern of relationship between water and peace was established in Central America. As soon as the Central American Peace Plan was successfully negotiated by the Costa Rican President Oscar Arias in the 1980s, it was followed by a set of regional water cooperation agreements. Last November, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the establishment of Lacang Mekong cooperation mechanism to foster cooperation on the Mekong River between China and her Southeast Asian neighbors.Last November, 15 countries co-convened the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace.
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