The following letter was sent to the Turkish Prime Minister by UK Member of the European Parliament Julie Ward:
I am writing to express my utmost concern regarding the announcement of the filling of the Ilisu Dam on June 10th, 2019.
As you know, filling this dam will have disastrous consequences for the downstream areas of the Tigris river, and in particular for Hasankeyf. The cultural heritage of this city is unmatched, spanning nine civilisations. For 12,000 years, it has been a site of uninterrupted human settlement. Dozens of cultures have left their mark on Hasankeyf.