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Minister: No magic solutions for water, electricity

EDL says that Lebanon will “stop importing electricity from Syria except in cases of necessity.” (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Water and Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian said Lebanon’s chronic power and water problems are accumulated over many years, stressing that he has no “magic wand” to resolve them overnight.

“The [difficult] situation of the water and power sectors in Lebanon does not date back from yesterday, but it is the outcome of deficiencies accumulated over long years,” a statement released by Nazarian’s office said Wednesday.

“The current minister and his predecessor before him have repeatedly warned about the looming water and power catastrophe, in case water and power strategies drawn by the ministry are not implemented as soon as possible,” the statement added.

Stressing that the minister “does not hold a magic wand” to solve the crises, the statement called for close coordination and constructive cooperation with Nazarian, starting with facilitating the implementation of the ministry’s electricity plan and water rationalization strategy.

The statement also charged that Nazarian is being intentionally targeted by a systematic campaign which is escalated according to a scheme.

“The minister reaffirms his full commitment to deal with the vital water and electricity files in all transparency,” it added.

 

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