NDDL: Philip reaches out to Zadists and warns against reoccupation

Édouard Philippe, on a surprise visit to the gendarmes in operation at Notre-Dame-des-Landes warned on Friday against any reoccupation of the evacuated sites while keeping the extended hand to the zadistes who accept the process of regularization.

"The state will not accept the reconstruction or reoccupation of the sites that were evacuated, and those who engage in such abuses (…) exclude themselves from any possibility of regularization" by 23 April, he pounded

Those "will have to draw the consequences of their absence of will" and "will put under the blow of pursuits", warned Édouard Philippe.

The Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior arrived shortly after 16:30 at the command post of the gendarmerie at Saint-Etienne-de-Montluc, south of the Zad.

Taking stock of the expulsions started Monday, Édouard Philippe said that "the set of objectives we are s were assigned was reached: 29 squats (out of 96) were deconstructed and their occupants expelled. "

Now places in clearing operations. "They will take time after the expulsions but they will be carried out seriously and in accordance with the timetable that has been envisaged," he pledged.

Friday morning, the day after the announcement of the end of operations Expulsion, the prefect of the Pays de la Loire Nicole Klein had already sketched this line: negotiation around regularization but intransigence about illegal reoccupations.

Those who accept the process have until April 23 to do so. "They are simply asked at this stage to declare their name, to declare the agricultural project they wish to develop and to specify the plots on which they wish to implement it so that the State (…) can instruct them. requests, "said Nicole Klein emphasizing that" collective projects do not prevent individual projects. "

The prefect announced that she would receive a delegation of occupants" as quickly as possible. "

-" the time it will take "-

" What we are certain is that it will not be possible to think serenely in the continuation as long as the Zad will be targeted by this type of police actions ", have responded the Zadists in a statement.

The gendarmes should stay three weeks to a month with a triple objective: clear the plots, ensure free movement on the D281 and D81 and prevent any illegal reoccupation, said the prefect. 19659002] The provision It will remain "the time it will take, with the forces that will be needed. On the other hand, there will be no more expulsion, "said General Richard Lizurey, general director of the gendarmerie, in the morning.

Friday morning was marked by new clashes on the Zad as soon as dawn, where grenade shots were continuously fired.

A gunsmith's operation was concentrated on the D81, one of the two main north-south roads crossing the Zad, topped by fiery barricades on Friday morning It is on this axis that an ambush took place Thursday, according to the gendarmes, making 10 wounded in their ranks.

"the fight that some led is carried out", explained Friday noon on RTL the minister of the Nicolas Hulot ecological transition in reference to the abandonment of the airport project in January, "from there, it is necessary to calm down, to return in the right way and not to mix the postures".

In total four people were in custody Friday night for participation in a gathering, violence on law enforcement officer (with a hammer) or outrage and rebellion, according to the Rennes Court of Appeal. Another protester arrested Thursday for possession of explosive device was released Friday by the Criminal Court of Saint-Nazaire but the prosecution appealed.

Moreover, the court of summary of Nantes rejected Friday the request of a occupant of the Zad who challenged the legality of his expulsion from the place called "The 100 names."

The operation of expulsion of illegal occupants of the Zad began Monday, with 2,500 gendarmes, bailiffs and construction equipment, and 29 squats were destroyed in three days.

Earth could soon run out of water, warns Brasilia Forum

The UN and many scholars and politicians gathered in Brasilia on Monday urged action as soon as possible to prevent the Earth from running out of water on the first day of the International Water Forum.

" There is simply no time to lose, "Brazilian President Michel Temer, whose country, which has 18% of the country's drinking water, said in its opening speech at the 8th edition of the Forum. planet, is affected since 2012, in the Northeast, by the longest drought in its history.

"There is a consensus," added the head of state, "life on Earth is threatened if we do not respect the limits of nature. "

The UN unveiled a particularly troubling report that nearly half of the world's population – 3.6 billion people – live in areas where may be at least one month a year, up to 5.7 billion by 2050.

t of "Share Water" order, 40,000 people attend the Forum until Friday, including some fifteen heads of state, 300 mayors of cities around the world, several dozens of scientists and environmental activists.

"Nearly 97% of the world's available water resources are in trans-boundary water tables", hence the need for "effective management of shared waters," said Benedito Braga, president of the World Water Council. water, institution headquartered in Marseille (France) and organizer of the event.

– Taking inspiration from nature –

The forum meets at a time when large cities, such as Cape Town , face a dramatic lack of water. The South African metropolis has been threatened with running water in the coming months due to drought.

In the face of climate change and demographic pressure on water resources, the UN recommends that countries focus on "green solutions", taking inspiration from nature rather than building new dams and sewage treatment plants.

Natural processes can "act as regulators, cleaners and water suppliers" Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the United Nations annual report, said in a press conference in Paris.

In Brazil, the government has launched since 2005 the largest project of its history in this field, the deviation of the San Francisco River to combat the traditional aridity of the Northeast region.

The monumental construction project, with a budget of some $ 3 billion, will bring by 2019 fresh water to four states of the region. 12 million Brazilians.

"The transformation of the region is absolutely fantastic," said Minister of National Integration Helder Barbalho.

– "Profitable Solutions" –

While demand for water is increasing, underground reserves are being depleted, pumped mainly for irrigation, and the quality of water is deteriorating, polluted by industrial and municipal wastewater and agricultural chemicals, warns the UN. 19659002] For two decades, the New York City Municipality has developed an original policy to protect the three watersheds that supply the city and its 8.5 million inhabitants: it participates in forest preservation programs and remunerates farmers for their good practices.

Result: New York "receives one of the cleanest waters in the United States," according to Richard Connor, while saving $ 300 million a year on his treatment.

For example, in Egypt, a pilot wetland project in Bilbeis, 55 kilometers north of Cairo, has treated wastewater and irrigated eucalyptus trees, while being "less expensive" than conventional solutions.

"These solutions are cost-effective" and "do not cost more," insisted Mr. Connor

The main sectors where they could be deployed are agriculture, but also "growing cities ", especially in developing countries, said the scientist.

The use of natural or semi-natural systems offers many other advantages. In addition to improving water availability and quality, "it is possible to increase agricultural production per hectare with better water management" and thus feed more people, said program coordinator Stefan Uhlenbrook United Nations World Water Assessment Agency (WWAP).

"Green" infrastructure also plays on erosion and soil quality, vegetation, drought and flood risk, even though for the moment, recourse to these solutions "remains marginal".

Turkey Warns America, Syria's Government Not to Support the Kurds

The Turkish government has asked the United States to stop arming Kurdish militia in Syria, and warned the Syrian government against involvement in Turkish attacks on Kurdish citizens in Syria.

Turkish officials on Monday (19/2) ) said so in response to news that Damascus planned to send pro-government militia to Afrin in northern Syria to assist Kurdish militia in the fight against Turkish offensive.

America and Turkey Promise to Avoid Possible Military Confrontation in Syria

Last month Turkey launched a massive offensive against Kurdish militia controlling Afrin, and planned to remove Kurds from other areas they seized from Islamic State militants (ISIS).

Syrian-backed Syrian rebels have taken up positions near the Syrian-Turkish border. From that position they fired on Kurdish militia in the Afrin region. Syrian news media reported Monday that Syria will send pro-government armed forces to help Kurdish militias fight Turkish troops.

 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a press conference in Amman, Jordan, February 19, 2018.

Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu at a press conference in Amman, Jordan, February 19, 2018.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told journalists during a visit to Jordan that Turkish troops would oppose anyone seeking to protect the Kurdish People Protection Unit, known as the YPG, or the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) labeled terrorist by Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said "If the Syrian regime enters Afrin to clear the PKK and YPG, then there is no problem, but if to protect YPG, then no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish army. This is valid for Afrin, for Manbij, and this applies to the area east of the Euphrates river. "

Turkey is the arch-rival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but says it has no territorial claim in Syria Ankara assumes the Kurdish militia as a terrorist and a threat to the Turkish border.
The United States has angered Turkey by arming Kurdish militias in order to get rid of ISIS from Syria, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to get rid of the differences with the allied NATO ally when visiting Turkey last week

"We will act together from this moment on and on. We will address the problems that cause us difficulties, "said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Despite a call to peace from Tillerson, on Monday (19/2) Turkey changed the street name in front of the American Embassy in Ankara after carrying out its military offensive in Syria, and a top Turkish official of the country issued a warning related to the support of US forces against Kurdish militia in Manbij

 Bekir Bozdag, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (Photo: VOA / Videograb)

Bekir Bozdag, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (Photo: VOA / Videograb)

Deputy Prime Minister Turkey Bekir Bozdag conveyed his threat.

"If we do not get results in talks with the United States, then Turkey will be the deciding party itself. In this case, Turkey will clean up the Kurdish terrorists there as when we clean up the terrorists in Afrin. We hope that this issue will be resolved by dialogue without the need for such an operation. "

The Kurds rule Manbij, another town in northern Syria, after defeating ISIS in the area. Turkey demanded that they leave the traditionally Arab-occupied city, strategically positioned west of the Euphrates River. [lt/ab]

US Secretary of State Warns Focus Do not Switch from Defeat ISIS

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Tuesday about the need to remain focused on the ISIS defeat forever, although most militants have been removed from areas once controlled in Iraq and Syria.

Tillerson spoke at a conference in Kuwait for members of the coalition formed by America by the end of 2014, with a multi-direction strategy to deal with ISIS, including through US-led air strikes and efforts to cut funding for the group and the flow of foreign fighters. Tillerson said that ISIS still poses a serious threat to stability in the region, in coalition member countries and elsewhere in the world.

He said the militants no longer controlled 98 percent of the territory they seized at its peak, in 2014, as they declared the formation of the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but they now pose a different threat.

In Iraq and Syria, ISIS seeks to turn into insurrection, and in other places such as Afghanistan, Philippines, Libya, West Africa, ISIS seeks to shape safe havens, he continued.

Tillerson announces $ 200 million in new aid to liberate parts of Syria. Also Tuesday, he is scheduled to take part in a conference of donors aimed at rebuilding the regions of Iraq.

Ahead of the meeting, senior State Department officials said attention should be on target, while explaining the need to focus on defeating ISIS. He highlighted the recent conflict in the region of Afrin, northern Syria, between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Democratic Forces as a diversion of the target.

Read also: Turkey Renames Road in front of US Embassy after the Turkish Offensive in Syria

The official, and Tillerson in their comments on Tuesday (13/2), are aware of Turkey's concerns about Kurdish militants who are perceived as a threat.

Tillerson is on his fifth countries in the region, beginning in Egypt and covering stops in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. [uh]

Humanitarian Aid Group Warns US on Fund Ammunition for Palestinian Refugees

The leaders of 21 international humanitarian aid groups have urged the United States to reconsider its decision to withhold $ 65 million from the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees, warning of the dire consequences that would ensue if the funds were cut.

worried over the linking of aid to political goals by the Trump Administration. In a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and other top officials, published on Thursday (25/1), they wrote that this marked "a dangerous and striking abandonment of American policy on humanitarian aid."

Haley has linking aid to the Palestinians with their willingness to start negotiations with Israel.

America is the largest donor to the aid agency, providing education and other social services to some 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. [uh]