“There is no war over water. There is, on the part of
Portugal and Spain, joint and permanent work (…) and what is an understanding
regarding a particularly difficult year on this side and on the other side”.
“We have been in contact with Spain, regarding what are the
responsibilities that both countries have in terms of international commitments
that they assume and we will, naturally, as we have always done, respect what
international commitments are. And, obviously, we believe that Spain has respect
for the international commitments it assumes,” he declared.
He also referred that “any situation that concerns the
understanding of problems that are being experienced, must, of course, be discussed
between the two countries”.
“That is what we will
continue to do”, he said, assuming that the drought is a structural problem and
the Government will “continue to privilege dialogue, which is the correct way
to solve the problems”.
On the 22nd, the delegate of the Spanish central government
in the autonomous region of Castile and Leon, Virgínia Barcones, said that
Spain will maintain the flow of water from rivers to Portugal and respect the
flows agreed bilaterally.
"Spain is a serious state that fulfils the
international agreements it signs", assured Virgínia Barcones, in response
to questions from journalists in the Spanish city of León, quoted by the EFE
The representative of the Spanish central government in the
autonomous region of Castile and Leon, which borders the districts of Bragança
and Guarda, added that, in Portugal, the destination of water from rivers
shared by the two countries "has the same restrictions because of the