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Hope of settling water management issue with Ankara

4 February 2016

A group of TRNC ministers are set to visit Ankara next week in order to resolve the water management issue.

Finance minister, Birikim Ozgur, Minister of Agriculture, Erkut Sahali and economy minister Sunat Atun will meet with officials in the hope of finalising an agreement with Ankara on how water from Turkey will be managed in North Cyprus, Havadis reports.

According to the paper, the draft proposal sent last week to Ankara by Prime Minister Omer Kalyoncu which included the “sensitivities and positions of both parties CTP and UBP [coalition] on water management”, was met positively by Ankara. Thus, the delegation will be travelling to Ankara by the beginning of next week in order to finalise the deal on the water transfer project, writes the paper.

The delegation will meet with Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Responsible for Cyprus affairs, Tugrul Turkes and the Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, Veysel Eroglu.

Meanwhile, according to Bayrak television PM Kalyoncu confirmed to BRT that they had received an official invitation from Ankara to meet, after the draft they sent had been reviewed.

Havadis

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