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Turkey, Syria to build a friendship dam

HATAY - Anatolia News Agency | 2/14/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The "friendship dam," to be built jointly by Turkey and Syria on the Asi River, will change the region's destiny, the environment and forestry minister said Saturday.

The "friendship dam," which will be built jointly by Turkey and Syria on the Asi River, will change the region's destiny, Turkey’s environment and forestry minister said Saturday.

Veysel Eroğlu told reporters that Turkey and Syria signed 51 memorandums of understanding during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Syria last year, adding that one of those was on the “friendship dam.”

Turkish and Syrian experts examined the location for the dam, and its foundation will be laid this year, he said.

The “friendship dam,” to be constructed on the part of Asi River in Turkey, will protect the agricultural fields and settlements in the two countries near the sea from floods. The dam will irrigate some 10,000 hectares of agricultural fields and generate almost 16 million kilowatt hours of energy per year.

Eroğlu added that another dam, Reyhanlı Dam, would also be started to be built on March 1 to meet the irrigation need of agricultural areas in Turkish southern province of Hatay.

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