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France-based firm pulls out of Jerusalem cable car project

Suez Environment backs out of cable car project linking west and east Jerusalem to avoid 'political interpretation' as the planned route passes through parts of mostly Arab areas of East Jerusalem.

France-based utility giant Suez Environment said Wednesday it has decided not to take part in a cable car project linking west and east Jerusalem because of political sensitivities.

 

 

The project, run by the Jerusalem city council, has stoked controversy over the Israeli cable car's planned route which passes through parts of mostly Arab East Jerusalem.

 

"To avoid any political interpretation, Suez Environment has decided not to take part in this project," it said.

 

A cable car in San Francisco (Photo: Reuters)
A cable car in San Francisco (Photo: Reuters)

 

Suez said its involvement in the project was limited to a feasibility study carried out by the consultancy firm SAFEGE, one of its subsidiaries.

 

"SAFEGE fulfilled a contract for Jerusalem municipality between June and November 2013, carrying out a feasibility study, from a technical perspective, on a public cable car system in Jerusalem," it said.

 

The Palestinians oppose any Israeli construction in the eastern sector, captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, that they want as the capital of their future state.

 


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