Jordan Denies Israel Stopped Supplying Jordan with Water

Published June 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan denied Monday a news report saying that Israel had announced that it had stopped supplying Jordan with an additional 25-30 million cubic meters (mcm) of water annually, reported the English daily the Jordan Times Tuesday.  

The Jordan Times said that the Israeli daily Haaretz published on May 16th an article saying that the agreement by which Israel provides Jordan with 25-30 mcm of water annually had ended on May 7th.  

Jordan's minister of water and Irrigation Kamel Mahadin was quoted by the daily as saying that the pumping of water to Jordan had not been halted.  

An article in the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel provides for the two sides to search for additional sources of water to make available 50 mcm of water (for Jordan's needs) within one year after the exchange of the instruments of ratification of the peace treaty, said the daily.  

Mahadin, however, told the Jordan Times that according to the agreement, Israel is obliged to supply Jordan with the above-mentioned amount of water until a desalination plant is erected and becomes functional and supplies Jordan with the 50 mcm annually - Albawaba.com 

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