The government is in favour of bringing electricity from Turkey to North Cyprus, provided that it means cheaper energy for the TRNC, Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman has said.
Speaking after his weekly meeting with President Mustafa Akinci, Erhurman noted that he had discussed two main issues with the President – the economy and the Cyprus problem. He said that they had made an assessment on the Cyprus problem after Turkish President Erdogan’s visit the island and the anticipated visit to Cyprus by the UNSG’s special envoy, Jane Holl Lute.
Noting that he had briefed Akinci on economic issues, Erhurman added that on Monday, he will hold a press conference to announce the measures the government will take regarding the economy. He pointed out that the Turkish lira had seriously devalued against foreign currencies over the last 3 to 4 days. Whenever this happens, the budget forecasts deviate [from their target], he said. The government has taken and will continue taking measures, Erhurman said, pointing out that it is not helpless, even though its control over the effect of the lira’s devaluation on consumers has weakened.
He went on to say that the position of the government on the issue of bringing electricity from Turkey via under-sea cables and interconnecting the electricity grid is clear. The government is positive about the issue of interconnectivity and that this project is included in its programme, said the prime minister.
Erhurman said that he had conveyed this view to President Erdogan during their recent meeting and added that the solution to their problems will emerge provided that the framework and the financing of the project as well as bringing cheap electricity to the citizens are guaranteed. “We really wish to be interconnected with Turkey, but the issues of the time frame in which this will be materialised, its financing and whether cheap electricity will reach the people should be discussed”, he noted.