Iraq wants more water as Turkey suffers drought

Eroglu would not say how much more water Turkey could allow its neighbors.

Iraq wants more water as Turkey suffers drought

In a change of heart, Turkey said Thursday it would strive to increase the amount of water it releases to Syria and Iraq through the historic Tigris and Euphrates rivers but warned that it too was suffering from a severe drought.

Iraq wanted Turkey's help regarding the water issue during the closed session of the first ministerial meeting of Turkey-Iraq High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Istanbul.

Turkey's environment minister, Veysel Eroglu, said his country would try to release as much water as possible over its legal obligation of 500 cubic meters per second.

"There is a serious water crisis in Iraq, we are taking this into account," he said at the end of a meeting Thursday with the Iraqi and Syrian irrigation ministers. "But our own capabilities are limited."

Eroglu would not say how much more water Turkey could allow its neighbors.

Turkish officials said, water problem could not be solved only by supplying it, but Turkey could extend every type of technical support to Iraq to provide water management and rational use of water.

Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz also briefed Iraqi officials about the water amount in dams in Turkey.

Yildiz added that the support of Iraq to Nabucco Project had great contributions.

The second meeting of Turkey-Iraq High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council will take place in October in Baghdad.


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Last Mod: 17 Eylül 2009, 17:09
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