Turkey, Syria sign deal to build dam over River Asi

Turkey and Syria signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding to construct a "friendship dam" on River Asi.

Turkey, Syria sign deal to build dam over River Asi

Turkey and Syria signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding to construct a "friendship dam" on River Asi.

Turkey's Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu and Syrian Minister of Irrigation Nadir al-Buni put their signatures under the memorandum in a ceremony in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

"Turkey and Syria will make use of the dam 50-50 percent model," Eroglu said during the ceremony.

Eroglu said the dam would be used for energy and prevention of floods, not only for irrigation.

Also, al-Buni said that two countries had agreed to jointly manage water resources and they would regard interests of all countries, including Iraq, when doing that.

Al-Buni said Turkey and Syria would lay the foundation of the dam before the end of 2010.

The dam, to be constructed on the part of River Asi in Turkey, will protect the agricultural fields and settlements in the two countries towards the sea from floods.

The dam will irrigate some 10,000 hectares of agricultural fields and generate almost 16 million kw/hr energy p.a.



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