Netherlands to work on restoring water supply in northern Syria
The Netherlands is working with Germany to organise an international conference on restoring Syria’s water supply. The aim is to restore the supply of drinking water to the population in northern Syria as soon as the situation allows.
Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs, says: ‘Assad is destroying his own country. He must stand aside immediately so the killing can stop and the country can be rebuilt. In the meantime, it’s very important that we show the opposition coalition that we are on their side and offer concrete help, for instance with regard to the water supply.’
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, stressed how important it is for the various donors to work together effectively. ‘The participating countries are using their expertise to help the Syrian population. The situation is urgent, so we need to be creative in looking for ways to help. The Netherlands has lots of expertise to offer in the area of water.’
The conference will be held in The Hague on 5 and 6 February in the framework of the Working Group on Economic Recovery and Development of the Friends of the Syrian People. Experts and officials from Germany, Japan, the US, the Syrian opposition coalition, the UN and the Netherlands will take part. The results of the meeting will be discussed in the region shortly thereafter and fleshed out with Syrian experts.