RAMALLAH, June 12, 2014 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah received, in his office on Thursday, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Monique Barbut, where he urged to increase the UN support to the Palestinian people, especially in water desalination and wastewater reclamation projects aimed at developing the field of irrigation

The Prime Minister reasserted the Palestinians’ rights to establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the natural right to utilize and benefit from all natural resources in the Palestinian land.

Hamdallah briefed the UNCCD Executive Secretary on the Israeli violations and attacks which include uprooting trees, land and agriculture corps confiscation, colonial settlement’s expansion, in addition to the contamination of water sources due to the remnants of the colonial settlements and affiliated factories, and the Israeli ongoing obstruction which deprives the Palestinian population from their natural right to use the natural resources in the ‘C’ areas, which constitute 62% of the West Bank.

Adala Al-Atireh, the President of the Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority, also attended the meeting.