Posted by Joshua on Friday, September 4th, 2009
In a change of heart, Turkey said Thursday it would strive to increase the amount of water it releases to Syria and Iraq through the historic Tigris and Euphrates rivers but warned that it too was suffering from a severe drought.
Hours earlier, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz had said his country was already too overstretched with water and power demands and could not raise the flow of water any further….
Turkey’s environment minister, Veysel Eroglu, said his country would try to release as much water as possible over its legal obligation of 500 cubic meters per second…. “But our own capabilities are limited.” Eroglu would not say how much more water Turkey could allow its neighbors…
( By SUZAN FRASER, ANKARA, Turkey (AP))