EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DEBATE ON CONTROVERSIAL ILISU DAM IN TURKEY
The controversial planned Ilisu dam project in Turkey was today the subject of debate in a European Parliament workshop jointly hosted by Green MEP’s Jean Lambert and Rebecca Harms along with Louisa Morgantini MEP (PES).
Before the debate Jean Lambert who is Green MEP for London commented: “If the Ilisu dam was built on the river Tigris in Southeast Anatolia it would displace up 78,000 people creating social upheaval and submerge the historic town of Hasankeyf forever. It will also cause serious environmental pollution, health problems and curtail the downstream, flow of water to Iraq and Syria but as yet neither country appears to have been consulted about the plans.
“The region in which the Ilisu dam is to be built is characterised by conflict and human rights violations making free and fair consultations with local people virtually impossible.
“The dam is meant to produce hydro-electric power to cover the electricity shortages in Turkey but there are many other ways to do this, without destroying the lives of thousands of people.”
The debate bought together experts from the European Parliament, the European Commission and civil society organisations in the EU and Turkey to exchange views about possible EU implications and responsibilities as regards EU businesses and export credit agencies (ECAs) contributing to the planned dam.