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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Al-Moallem: Israel's Drawing of Masada Water Violation of International Law…International Community, UN Called on to Halt Such Violations

Damascus, (SANA)-Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem sent a message to the UN Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly on the Israeli occupation authorities' drawing of the water of Masada Lake in the occupied Syrian Golan and converting it to the settlers' farms and artificial water reservoirs set up by Israel.

The message reviewed the Israeli calculated policies aimed at seizing the Golan water and depriving the Syrian citizens from their natural right to water.

''Israel's drawing of water from Masada Lake is a big economic and environmental catastrophe for the Syrian citizens of the Golan and at the same time a flagrant violation of the international law and the Geneva Fourth Convention on the commitments imposed on the occupying authority. It is also a violation of the Security Council resolution No 465 of 1980 which calls upon the occupation authority to take integrated measures to protect lands, private and public properties and water resources.''

The message affirmed that Israel's practices amount to disregard of the international law, the international humanitarian law, Geneva Conventions and the international legitimacy resolutions.

It called upon the UN General Assembly and the international community to prevent Israel from continuing these violations, especially with regard to stealing natural resources from the occupied Arab territories, including water in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Syria demanded that the message be adopted as an official document of the UN General Assembly in the article related to the Middle East state of the General Assembly agenda, also in the two articles on the Israeli practices that infringe upon the rights and sovereignty over natural resources of the Palestinian people and the Arab citizens under Israeli occupation.

M. Ismael/H. Sabbagh/Zahra

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