RADOVISH (AA) – A delegation of the General Directorate of State Water Affairs of Turkey (DSI) is staying in North Macedonia and is working to eliminate problems with drinking water in Turkish villages in the eastern part of the country, reports Anadolu.
A team of 4 people from DSI is working on a water study, and they started contacts in North Macedonia on September 18.
Yesterday, the delegation from Turkiye visited the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of North Macedonia and held a coordination meeting there.
Today the DSI team visited the municipality of Radovish and met with the mayor Aco Ristov.
Later, the delegation visited the village of Kalauzia in Radovish, accompanied by the ambassador of Turkey in Skopje, Hasan Mehmet Sekizqok.
On the way to Kalauzia, the delegation stopped by a water source approximately 3 kilometers from the village and conducted a survey of the water.
Ismet Kiziltepe, deputy head of the Groundwater Department of the General Directorate of State Water Affairs of Turkiye, told reporters that they came to visit the country to solve drinking water problems in Turkish villages in the eastern parts of North Macedonia in within the scope of cooperation and the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of water signed between Turkey and North Macedonia in 2021.
Pointing out that they will try to find solutions by identifying drinking water problems in the villages of the region, Kiziltepe said that they believe that the water source they found in the village of Kalauzia will be sufficient for the village under normal conditions.
“We believe that the project activities that we will implement will solve the drinking water problem of Kalauzia village and the village will have drinking water,” Kiziltepe said.
Speaking of returning to Turkiye on Sunday, September 24, after completing the water study, Kiziltepe said: “When we return to Turkiye, we will submit a report on all our findings and studies regarding these 22 villages. We then submit the travel consent and the prepared study to our ministry, which sends them to the presidency. After the presidency reviews the prepared studies, I believe that a decision will be made soon, and the problem of drinking water for our compatriots in these 22 Turkish villages will be solved.”
Pointing out that such studies have been conducted in Turkiye countries and in Africa as well, Kiziltepe said: “We aim to ensure that we do not leave any Turkish village or our compatriot without water.”
The delegation, which will stay in the country until September 24, will visit the cities of Radovish, Dojran, Strumica, Valandovo, Shtip and their surrounding villages and will work on eliminating problems with drinking water.
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