The word means "highland", "ridge" or "backbone" in Turkic languages (sırt) and is present in Turkic toponymy in the mentioned areas: in Tien Shan, Pamirs, South Urals, such as Obshchiy Syrt (Common Syrt, Общий Сырт) by Urals, Uzun-Syrt ("Long back") plateau by Koktebel in Crimea.
It is a denudational upland or elevated flatland, a kind of dissected plateau. Syrts may be separated from each other by higher ridges. At the same time, syrts may serve as water divides between drainage basins for larger rivers.
Mr. Feltman expresses hope to draw inspiration from Tunisia's views and opinions regarding future of situation in Midde East.
Mar 19, 2010; Summary: US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman , who is on an official visit in Tunisia, said...