The deputy head of the Presidential Council, Mossa Al-Koni, expressed his fears of future wars over water resources as a result of the increase in the world's population, calling on the international community to abandon temporary solutions and to think collectively and genuinely to solve the problem of water shortages.
Al-Koni's remarks came at the United Nations (UN) Water Conference that was held in New York in the past two days on managing water resources, and preserving jointly and committed to preserving the water stock necessary for life among humanity - in which he highlighted the roots of the water shortage crisis in Libya, and its reflection on ways people's lives and development of those located geographically in the heart of what is known as the Sahara Desert.
"The lack of water is a problem, but the lack of water that we suffer from in the desert regions of Libya, Algeria, southern Tunisia, Mauritania, northern Mali, Niger, and Chad is a daily tragedy, as people die of thirst due to lack of drinking water. The water crisis that the world is experiencing now is a permanent for us in Libya and the Sahara region, by virtue of the fact that this region does not suffer from water shortage, but rather the absence of water at all, given that it has not rained for hundreds of years in there." Al-Koni explained.
He warned that the lack of interest in sea water desalination would generate problems in the entire world, expressing his surprise that the world is paying billions to search for water on Mars and is unable to desalinate sea and ocean water at a lower cost and more productive quantities.
Al-Koni said that Libya has some lakes, such as Kufra Lake, and the man-made river as well as underground lakes shared with some countries, and suggested the establishment of a joint committee to exploit the water to manage this stock in common basins such as the Ghadames basin shared with Algeria and Tunisia.
150 countries of the participants in the Water Conference decided to support the appointment of a special representative of the United Nations for water affairs, whose first task will be to pave the way for commitment to support efforts aimed in this direction.