The pressures of the Middle East crisis on the environment were outlined by Jordanian Minister of National Economy, Dr.
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"In the hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the environmental dislocations have generally emerged from such acute problems as occupation and forceful evacuation. Habitats shattered and denied to their rightful owners, camps congested with up-rooted victims, are the factual signs of ominous ecological problems. A country which has almost half of its population denied access to the natural resources which accommodated them for centuries is a country which presents a case of salient environmental hazards. A stake in such a country is mass pollution and the problem of life conservation. To speak there of the latent environmental risks is, I am afraid, to overstretch the irony. For the only predicaments to which the masses are subject are those posed by the action of aggressors and persectrers. Specifically, under-nutrition, poor housing conditions and low sanitary standards produced critical environmental depredation. Problems so created have adversely affected the living conditions not only of the inflowing masses taking refuge in Jordan but also of the original population."
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Background: The pressures of the Middle East crisis on the environment were outlined by Jordanian Minister of National Economy, Dr. Said Nabulsi, when he addressed the United Nations Conference on the Environment in Stockholm yesterday (Friday).
Though he felt that the conference marked the turning point in man's attitude towards the environment, he warned that there could be no effective action to improve the environment while existing political and economic imbalances remain.
He then examined the political and economic pressures on the Jordanian people.