​​​​​​​Juristic researcher: Damascus, Baghdad should file complaint with UN over Euphrates disaster

The activist and juristic researcher Abdel Rahman Batran called on the Syrian and Iraqi governments to use all legal means to pressure Turkey due to the catastrophic decline of the Euphrates water.

Batran's conversation came in an interview with our agency in conjunction with Turkey's lowering of the level of water from the Euphrates River flowing into the Syrian territory due to its confinement behind a number of dams inside the Turkish territory.

Pictures and videos depicted for the river days ago showed shocking scenes about the shrinkage of the river running width hundreds of meters near Jarabulus to the Tishreen Dam.

Abdel Rahman Batran said: "The Turkish state currently violates all international agreements and covenants on sharing water resources among countries, and that the use of water resources as a pressure card has become a Turkish reliable policy in recent years, especially against the regions of the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria, as these Turkish violations got absent during ISIS control of the region."

The water problem that Turkey has been using as a weapon against the Syrians since years threatens the issue of supplying drinking water to the residents of northern and eastern Syria, along with reducing hours of electric current generation and threatening the local production of the agricultural land on the river banks.

The current percentage of water flowing into the Syrian lands is estimated between 150 and 200 cubic meters of water per second, in contrast to the Syrian-Turkish agreement in 1987 which states that Turkey pumps water at a rate of 500 cubic meters per second, Iraq gets 60% of that amount.

Batran added: "The Syrian and Iraqi governments must use all legal means within the framework of the Vienna Law of International Treaties to compel Turkey to implement the terms of the agreement, as Turkey through its imprisonment of water creates an economic and agricultural crisis, as well as a crisis in providing drinking water and electric energy."

At the end of his speech, the activist and juristic researcher Abdel Rahman Batran pointed to the need to refer the United Nations to the Turkish violations that threaten a humanitarian catastrophe in the region, to the Security Council within the framework of Article 33 of the Charter of the United Nations; as a threat against global peace and security, and the imposition of severe sanctions against Turkey.

The administration of Tishreen Dam, the second largest hydroelectric station in Syria, warned at the beginning of this week of Turkey's continued imprisonment of the Euphrates River waters within its lands, which negatively reflects on the society's economy, public food security and the provision of drinking water to the citizen.

D.H

ANHA


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