Turkey: Syria cannot Get Full Share of Euphrates Water
Turkey said that it cannot give Syria as much water, from the rivers which the two countries share, as it wants because of a serious drought it is suffering from, reported the BBC.online.
After one of the driest summers for many years, water levels in Turkish dams are at dangerously low levels, said the BBC.
The head of Turkey's state water authority, Dogan Altinbilek, has said it will be difficult to supply water to Syria over the next few months. It all depends on how much rainfall there is.
Under an informal agreement between the two countries, Syria is supposed to receive 500 cubic meters of water per second, but this month the average flow has been less than one-third of that amount and next month it could be even lower, said the BBC.
Syria and Iraq blame Turkey's huge network of dams on the Tigris and the Euphrates for threatening their water supplies.
Turkey believes that under normal conditions there is more than enough water to go around and it says Syria and Iraq waste far too much of their supplies.
But its neighbors insist that Turkey is ignoring international regulations on the use of shared waterways, according to the BBC - Albawaba.com
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