Turkish prime minister on Thursday said Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot government was set to sign soon an agreement to build an undersea pipeline that would pump fresh water from Turkey to the northern part of the island.
"I would like to herald that the agreement over the construction of a pipeline to carry water from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will be signed during a visit of my deputy, Cemil Cicek, to the TRNC ahead of July 20 celebrations," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint press conference with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Irsen Kucuk after their meeting in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Erdogan said Turkey and the TRNC also cooperated to establish an online electronic network for the Turkish Cypriot government services as well as in tourism and higher education in the Northern Cyprus.
"I believe that our efforts will yield results very soon and the TRNC's economy will reach to a point with which we will all be proud of," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said the two countries were also negotiating a plan to carry electricity via an underwater cable running from Turkey to the TRNC.
"We will deploy all assets at our disposal to make the TRNC a point of attraction. It is our historical promise to protect rights, freedoms, equality and interests of the Turkish Cypriots," Erdogan said.
The Turkish premier reiterated that Turkey favored a fair and a lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue, adding that the main goal of the ongoing peace talks between two Cypriot leaders was to reach a comprehensive solution by the end of 2010.
"Turkey shares this goal and we will closely watch the negotiation process as a guarantor country. We expect that the Greek Cypriot side will follow suit with the constructive attitude of the Turkish Cypriots. We stand in complete solidarity with the TRNC, which, I believe, will overcome all obstacles," Erdogan said.
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