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Turkey-Syria trade route becomes dangerous

01-12-2012 07:23 BJT

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Hundreds of trucks are waiting to cross from Turkey into Iraq, diverted there after trade routes through Syria became too dangerous. The trucks have formed long queues at the Ha-bur border gate, as authorities struggle to deal with the sudden and growing demand to cross. Waiting drivers say the main border crossing between Turkey and Syria, while officially open, is no longer operating normally.

One Turkish truck driver said: "Cilvegozu border gate is also closed. We did not feel safe so we transferred to here. It has been eight days. We have been waiting here for eight days now."

Turkey has already suspended financial credit dealings with Syria and frozen Syrian government assets, joining the Arab League in imposing economic sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. In response, Assad’s cabinet has suspended a free trade agreement with Turkey and imposed a tariff of 30 percent on all Turkish imports, as well as prohibitive duties on fuel and freight. Turkey last year had bilateral trade worth two-and-a-half billion US dollars with Syria, but now Turkey warns it would consider new trade routes to bypass Syria if the violence there continues.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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