Turkey, Turkish Cyprus sign water transport deal

Turkish Cypriot President Eroglu said "water" and "electricity" were two strategically important projects for TRNC.

Turkey, Turkish Cyprus sign water transport deal

Turkish and Turkish Cypriot officials signed Monday a 450 million USD framework agreement to transport 75 million cubicmeters of water from Turkey to Turkish Republic of TRNC annually.

The "intergovernmental framework agreement on meeting the water requirement of TRNC" was signed by Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek and TRNC's Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk during a ceremony held in Lefkosa that was also attended by TRNC's President Dervis Eroglu.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Turkish Cypriot President Eroglu said "water" and "electricity" were two strategically important projects for TRNC.

Eroglu said TRNC would develop faster thanks to the water and electricity brought from Turkey.

TRNC's Prime Minister Kucuk noted that the 75 million cubicmeters of water to be transported from Turkey would change TRNC's appearance.

Kucuk said the water to be brought from Turkey would be beneficial not only for TRNC, but for the island of Cyprus as a whole.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cicek said in his part that the water project would provide a remarkable resource for Turkish Cypriots, and to the people of the island as well, if a lasting peace could be established.

Noting that the relations between Turkey and TRNC were not based on economic benefits, Cicek said the two countries had ties of brotherhood.

The water project between Turkey and TRNC, whose framework agreement was signed today, envisages transport of water via pipes from the "Alakopru Dam" to be constructed on the Dragon Stream in Turkey's southern Mersin province's Anamur town to the "Gecitkoy Dam" near Girne in TRNC.

The project, which will be completed in 4 years time, will cost around 450 million USD which will be totally covered by Turkey.


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