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Turkey says it is waiting for TRNC to decided on water issue

21 January 2016

Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Works Veysel Eroglu has called upon TRNC officials to decide upon who will be managing the water being pumped to the island from Turkey.

Speaking to the Ankara Anatolia news agency on the water transfer project yesterday, Eroglu said that TRNC officials had yet to decide who will manage the water.

Stating that they will solve the issue by next week, Eroglu said: “Together with Tugrul Turkes and colleagues we will solve this issue. The water is ready and I feel bad that we haven’t been able to put it to use. We could pump the water to North Nicosia today but it is still unclear as to who is going to manage the water. The TRNC officials haven’t made a decision yet. We are asking them to arrive at a decision as soon as possible. This is the essence of the issue, there is no other problem”.

Describing other aspects of the project, he said that the water is already flowing in the Gecitkoy dam, adding that the potable water treatment facility has also been completed.

Eroglu also said that one of the Turkish Cypriot political parties had opposed the idea of handing the management of the water to a private company through a tender.

BRT (online)

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