Iraq's neighbours deny help to separatists

18 February 1994

Turkey, Syria and Iran have reaffirmed their strong support for the territorial integrity of Iraq, agreeing not to back any separatist Kurdish movements in Iraq. In a joint statement issued in Istanbul on 5 February, the foreign affairs ministers of the three countries also urged Baghdad to end economic sanctions against its northern and southern regions.

Syrian Foreign Affairs Minister Farouq al-Shara separately called for a water-sharing treaty between his country, Turkey and Iraq over the Euphrates river. Calling it a 'vital issue', he said what concerned Syria was not the 'quantity of water...but the lack of a comprehensive agreement'. Syria and Iraq strongly oppose Turkey's plans to build a string of hydroelectric dams on the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers.

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