'Water to be distributed fairly in Mideast': Turkish Minister

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said Turkey, Syria and Iraq have reached an agreement for fair distribution of water in Mideast.

'Water to be distributed fairly in Mideast': Turkish Minister
Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said Tuesday Turkey is working to enable fair use of water in the Middle East.

"War will not erupt in the Middle East due to water," he told reporters after attending the Fifth World Water Forum in Jordanian capital of Amman.

Eroglu said Turkey, Syria and Iraq have reached an agreement for fair distribution of water in Mideast.

The Peace Water Project (Manavgat brook project) is under way, Eroglu said.

Eroglu also said a significant part of Dicle and Firat rivers is situated in Turkey.

"But we do not perceive them as our rivers, and we wish to launch studies in line with interests of countries from which these rivers also flow," he told.

On the World Water Forum to take place in Istanbul in March 2009, Eroglu said they expect 20,000 people to participate in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Jordanian Minister of Water & Irrigation Abu Saud said 70 million people will experience shortage of water in the Middle East in 2030.

"The international solution of this problem depends on logical share of the water by regional countries. These countries should make arrangements about regional water transfer," he told.

Delegates from Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Israel as well as Turkey and Jordan are participating in the meeting.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 12:08
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