Israel and the Palestinian Authority have issued a joint call to refrain from harming the water infrastructure and water supply to both Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The document was concluded in a Israeli-Palestinian-American meeting of the Joint Water Committee yesterday, January 31, at Erez Crossing.
The Israeli delegation was headed by Mr. Noah Kinarty, and the ranking Palestinian representative was Mr. Nabil el Sharif.
The meeting was conducted in a friendly atmosphere, and the parties reiterated their commitment to continue cooperation on water-related issues.
The following is the text of the joint declaration:
ISRAELI - PALESTINIAN JOINT WATER COMMITTEE
Joint Declaration for Keeping the Water Infrastructure out of the Cycle of Violence
The Israeli and Palestinian sides view the water and waste water sphere as a most important matter and strongly oppose any damage to water and wastewater infrastructure.
The two sides are taking all possible measures to supply water and treat wastewater in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, even in the difficult circumstances of the recent months.
The two sides wish to bring to public attention that the Palestinian and Israeli water and wastewater infrastructure is mostly intertwined and serves both populations. Any damage to such systems will harm both Palestinians and Israelis.
A special effort is being made by the two sides to ensure the water supply to the Palestinian and Israeli cities, towns and villages in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In order for this effort to succeed, we need the cooperation and support of all the population, both Israeli and Palestinian. We call on the general public not to damage in any way the water infrastructure, including pipelines, pumping stations, drilling equipment, electricity systems and any other related infrastructure.
The two sides also call on those involved in the current crisis not to harm in any way the professional teams that conduct regular maintenance or repair damage and malfunctions to the water and wastewater infrastructure.
Both sides wish to take this opportunity to reiterate their commitment to continued cooperation in the water and wastewater spheres.
Done at the Erez Crossing, This 31 January 2001.Noah Kinarty
Head of the Israeli side to the JWC
Head of the Palestinian side of the JWC
Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs