Palestine: significant progress made on UfM desalination project in Gaza

March 2, 2016
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The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has announced on its website that “significant progress” has been made on its desalination project for the Gaza Strip, after a final agreement was reached on the project’s financing plan on Monday 15 February 2016.
The organisation states that “the large-scale desalination facility is aimed at addressing the water crisis in the Gaza Strip, where 95% of the water is not drinkable due to the over-pumping of the coastal aquifer, the only available water source in the Strip.”
“On 15 February 2016, the UfM Secretariat organised a meeting in Brussels with the participation of government representatives from Palestine and Israel” and “representatives of both the European Commission and the Office of the Quartet to advance the implementation of the desalination facility project for the Gaza Strip, endorsed by the 43 Member States of the UfM”, the statement said. 
The UfM noted that “the Israeli Delegation confirmed its government’s political support for the project and its commitment to facilitate the construction of the facility” and “the Palestinian Delegation emphasised its readiness to take all necessary measures for the project’s implementation”.

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