The Syrian Democratic Council

The Autonomous Administration holds an “international forum” on water in northern and eastern Syria.

Under the auspices and organization of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, the work of the “International Forum of Water in North and East Syria” was launched yesterday, Monday in the city of Al-Hasakah, under the slogan “Sustainable Water, Sustainable Life”, with the participation of more than 300 people and representatives of international and local organizations, and international institutions concerned with water disputes, in addition to foreign political and academic figures.
The co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, Mrs. Amina Omar, and former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, in addition to the co-chair of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration, also participated in the forum.
The co-chair of the SDC made a speech in which she said, “Turkey is an occupying country and aims by its hostile policies towards the Syrian people to achieve expansionist ambitions,” stressing that its control of water resources makes the region face the threat of food and water insecurity, and constitutes a challenge for achieving the political stability and sustainable development.
She added, “Turkey did not abide by the signed agreements and protocols, began to dispose of the Euphrates River as one of its rights, and to build projects and dams without regard to Syria.”
Omar called on the international community to exert more efforts to end the Syrian crisis and find a comprehensive political settlement that guarantees the legitimate rights of all components of the Syrian people.
The forum aims, according to the scheduled program, to “shed light on the international charters, laws and agreements on water, the war of monopolizing water resources and their exploitation for political and economic water disputes, and bilateral treaties and agreements signed among Turkey and both Syria and Iraq on the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.”
During the first day of the forum, attendees discussed the practices of the Turkish state to create water crises in the region, in addition to discussing the reports of the international organizations, the political consequences of the water crisis and war, the international conflicts, and Turkey’s use of the international rivers as a political pressure.
During the second day of the forum, it was discussed the environmental impacts of the water crisis and the disasters facing the region in general as a result of the deterioration of the water security.
According to the co-chair of the Body of Local Administration and Environment in Al-Jazeera region, Suleiman Arab, a committee will be emanated from the forum to follow up the recommendations and proposals of the forum and to represent the administration in the international forums.