Turkey says wants to use water as peace envoy

Turkey's Minister of Environment and Forestry Veysel Eroglu said that Turkey was willing to use water as a peace envoy.

Turkey says wants to use water as peace envoy

The Turkish minister of environment said on Saturday that Turkey wanted to use water as a peace envoy.

Turkey's Minister of Environment and Forestry Veysel Eroglu said that Turkey was willing to use water as a peace envoy.

"It is Turkey's goal to use and share water fairly, and serve it to the use of entire humanity," Eroglu said during a water forum in the Turkish province of Istanbul.

Istanbul is hosting the event for the first time. Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry, World Water Council, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkish State Hydraulic Works, and Istanbul Water and Sewage Administration are the co-organizers of the event.

The Fifth World Water Forum will take place in Istanbul between March 16 and 22, 2009.

The minister said reducing water resources was a common problem of the entire world, and the world should solve this problem and officials and financial authorities should seek concrete solutions.

"Our president (Abdullah Gul) has invited heads of state of 23 countries to the forum, and prime ministers and concerned ministers of 185 ministers have also been called," Eroglu said.

Eroglu said that a heads of state and ministers summit would be held in Istanbul for the first time.

Serving as stepping-stones towards global collaboration on water problems, the World Water Forum is a unique platform where the water community and the policy and decision makers from all regions of the world can link together, debate and attempt to find solutions to achieve water security.

The World Water Council's World Water Forum, organized every three years in close collaboration with the authorities of the hosting country, is the largest international event in the field of water.

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