Minister of Public Works and Communications Kemal Durust, met with Turkey’s Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications Ahmet Arslan on Tuesday to discuss ongoing projects included in the “Highways Master plan 2012-2020″. Aslan said that 44 million TL were sent this year to the TRNC for road construction.
In a statement prior to the meeting, Arslan stressed that Turkey will continue its full support for the existence, security, rights and prosperity of the TRNC. He added that during the period 2004-2015, a total of 500 million TL at current rates were transferred to the TRNC for the transportation and communication sector.
Turkey, he said, supports many investments with the aim of completing the highway network, improvement of aerial and maritime transportation as well as the development of communications infrastructure. He added that this year 123 million TL were sent for the transportation and communications sector, noting that the plan is to construct 400Km new roads, from which the 145km will be for single route and 255km for dual carriageway.
On the same issue, Bayrak television broadcast that Durust, speaking after the meeting, said that he had invited Minister Arslan to the TRN” and added: “Hopefully Mr Arslan will be visiting us next month. He has given his word that all necessary financial and technical contributions will be made to speed up ongoing projects in the TRNC”.
Noting that the state e-project was also discussed during the meeting, Durust said that he had briefed the Turkish Minister on the work carried out on the project in the past.
In his meeting with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Cyprus Affairs Tugrul Turkes, Durust said that he had conveyed the government’s short-term expectations and requests regarding ports and motorways in the TRNC. “Our meetings were quite productive. We shall continue to receive Turkey’s strong support in upgrading our infrastructure”, he concluded.