Syrian FM: Stop illegal extraction of water from Golan

October 26, 2010 14:56

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem reportedly sent a message to the UN Secretary General regarding what he said was Israel's illegal drawing of water from Lake Masada in the Golan, reported Syrian official news agency, SANA. The water was allegedly being transferred to settlers' farms and Israeli artificial water reservoirs.

Moallem was quoted by Sana as saying that Israel's extraction of water from the lake "is a big economic and environmental catastrophe for the Syrian citizens of the Golan and at the same time a flagrant violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention...It is also a violation of Security Council Resolution 465 of 1980 which calls upon the occupation authority to take integrated measures to protect lands, private and public properties and water resources."

Mollaem called on the UN and the international community to prevent Israel from continuing these actions.

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