Privatising the management of the water conveyed from Turkey to the TRNC will be tantamount to integration and annexation of the north of island to Turkey, so writes Turkish Cypriot columnist Sami Ozuslu in ‘Yeni Duzen’ on Monday.
In his article titled “Is the TRNC being closed down?” Ozuslu writes, inter alia, the following:
“The debates on the water [management] have once more, seriously brought onto the agenda Turkey-TRNC relations and their international repercussions.
Those who approach the issue with the attitude that ‘our state and municipalities cannot administrate the water, and that they will go bankrupt’ are either not seeing the danger which is approaching, or they have another road in mind. The name of this road is integration! That is annexation!
The elements of the deep state which had drawn up the Cyprus Recoupment Plan, had aimed at binding the whole of Cyprus to Anatolia. Very well, however, have Ankara’s aims not changed since the 1950’s? Is the policy of binding Cyprus to Anatolia still continuing? Is the Cyprus leg of the ‘crashed into the wall’ foreign policy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s and Ahmet Davutoglu’s Turkey to ‘definitely bind at least the half of that which we occupy, if not the whole of it’? I have honestly started to seriously worry about this”, he says.
The columnist notes that the water issue seems to be the “clue to very critical strategic plan”. Talking about a clue is actually useless. Perhaps it would be more correct to talk of the ‘last blow’, because we are very close to the end now”, he observes, adding that after taking a few more steps they could declare to the world that they have completed the integration.
Wondering what will be the need for the TRNC to exist after that, the columnist argues that the security of the Turkish Cypriots is ensured by the Turkish General Staff, they carry out their foreign relations through the Turkish embassies, they travel using Turkish passports, they use the Turkish Lira, their central bank is directed by a person appointed by Ankara, their post code is “Mersin 10, Turkey” and their budget’s road map is drawn by the three-year protocols signed with Turkey.
Moreover, Ozuslu reports that the municipalities are directly bound to Turkey’s aid delegation to the TRNC and this delegation decides which projects will be implemented every year. “The mayors have many times heard that ‘if you build a mosque there, the pavement project will be ok'”, notes the columnist adding:
“We have given them the airlines; we have given as a gift the only operational airport. The capital of Turkey has already taken over the country in the field of tourism to a great extent. Now let us hand over the water and the electricity and let it all be over. No function is left for the TRNC anymore. If it is closed today, nothing will change in our lives”, he concludes.