World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız said on Thursday that Syria stopped its electricity purchase from Turkey last week amidst escalating tensions between the two neighbors.
“Syria stopped purchasing electricity from Turkey last week. We can continue to supply electricity if they want to resume buying it,” Yıldız said on Thursday.
Yıldız said Turkey meets 20 percent of Syria's electricity demand.
The minister said last week that Turkey does not intend to cut off its supply of electricity to Syria despite tense relations with Damascus, emphasizing that Ankara's problem is not with the Syrian people but with the Syrian regime.
Addressing last week's deadly firing of a Syrian shell into the Turkish town of Akçakale, Yıldız said Turkey would not cut off its electricity supply to Syria despite the incident.
In the most significant recent blow to the already strained ties between the two neighbors, Syria fired a mortar shell into a residential district of the southeastern Turkish town of Akçakale on Oct. 3, killing two women and three children from the same family and wounding 10 people. In response, Turkey attacked targets inside Syria. The incident represents the most serious cross-border escalation of the 18-month uprising in Syria.
On Wednesday, Turkish jets forced a Syrian passenger plane to land at an airport in Ankara on suspicions that it was carrying weapons and officials seized military communication equipment and parts that could be used in missiles.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ekim 2012, 13:21