iqsytr area tapped for joint zone
it is billed as a 2way trade crossing & industrial zone for turkey & iraq only
but it is situated at the new iqsytr tripoint town of ovakoy turkey on the iraq border
& centered less than 3 miles from the syrian border
tho not mentioned
the eventual probability of a 3way crossing somewhere near the tripoint seems very real
in view of syrias improving relations with both turkey & iraq
Turkey, Iraq discuss border industrial zone
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
Turkey has proposed establishing a joint industrial zone with Iraq in the border town of Ovaköy, a province in the country's southeastern Anatolian region, State Minister Kürşat Tüzmen told reporters yesterday.
“It's a project to be developed. The details will be discussed. Both parties will benefit from this project,” Tüzmen said on his return from Baghdad, where he had meetings over the weekend in preparation for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit this week.
Tüzmen did not reveal any details of Turkey's proposal, but said it will not create additional problems between different ethnic groups, namely between the Turks and Kurds.
Erdoğan is expected to pay a one-day visit to Baghdad on Friday. However, an official announcement will not be issued until the very last moment due to security reasons.
Turkey is trying to boost its economic ties with Iraq, especially in the field of energy both in terms of obtaining oil drilling licenses and transporting Iraqi oil and natural gas to Europe. Alongside political and other issues, energy cooperation will also be on the top of Erdoğan's agenda, sources say. “Visiting Iraq is always risky… But our prime minister takes risks,” Tüzmen told reporters.
“Well, we're not going to a rose garden. But a country like Turkey has the obligation to continue on this track by taking risks,” he noted.
Erdoğan and his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki are expected to ink a document that will increase the level of bilateral ties to a “strategic point.” Erdoğan is expected to meet with Iraqi Kurdish leaders who criticized Turkey for its military offensive into northern Iraq to hunt down members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
tripoint previously tried here
but the named locality as shown by google maps here
appears to be completely new