French president promises to save Peace Valley project

The joint launch of the Peace Valley project by Sarkozy and President Shimon Peres was canceled at nearly the last minute.

Dead Sea good 88 248 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Dead Sea good 88 248
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A day after the launch of the Peace Valley project was canceled at last minute, French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday made a personal commitment to put the initiative back on the agenda. "I am personally committed to the Peace Valley project," Sarkozy said at a seminar with French and Israeli business people in Jerusalem. "I want France and Europe to get into the thick of things to save the Dead Sea - if not what will remain of it in 40 years is just a memory of the past, and we can not let this happen." The joint launch of the Peace Valley project by Sarkozy and President Shimon Peres was canceled on Monday at nearly the last minute. According to Peres's office, the Jordanians had cooled on the idea and had told the French they were not interested because of the "situation." The initial modest conduit version of the project would have provided much needed desalinated water to Amman. Sarkozy expressed renewed confidence in regional cooperation to advance the project and peace in the region. "We need to realize the Red-to-Dead Sea canal project," he said. "Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority should all be part of the cooperation of the project."