Armenia’s premier instructs to look into water reservoir construction by Turkey

Armenia’s premier instructs to look into water reservoir construction by Turkey

YEREVAN, December 23. /ARKA/. Armenia’s premier Tigran Sargsyan instructed the respective agencies to look into legal aspects of Turkey’s decision to build water reservoirs on rivers, the press office of Armenia’s government reported.

Efficient use of water resources is very important today bearing in mind most of these resources are formed in the territory of modern Turkey, the premier said at an annual scientific conference on legal aspects of Armenia’s foreign policy Saturday.

Sargsyan said Turkey’s government made a decision to build reservoir storages on rivers that have impact on water resources in Ararat Valley and allocated some 20 billion dollars for this. According to experts, Armenia may face serious problems with irrigation systems in Ararat Valley after some years, the premier said. 

There are currently no diplomatic relations established between Turkey and Armenia: official Ankara closed the border in 1993. The uneasy relationship between the countries is caused particularly by Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan on Karabakh problem and Turkey’s overreaction to international recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Empire. –0--

09:33 23.12.2013

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