A protocol signed between the TRNC and Turkey regarding the management of the Turkish water project for the North was signed in 2010 by the then ruling UBP government, a report by Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Detay’ states.
The agreement was signed by the then prime minister Irsen Kucuk and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek. Following approval by the Assembly, the agreement became law in 2012. The agreement stipulates that the pipe lines and sites where the water is distributed will be the property of Turkey for 30 years until 2042. These details were published in the official gazette, the reports says.
Meanwhile, ‘Yeni Duzen’ reports that Birol Cinar, head of the TRNC State Water Affairs Department, stated that currently there are no technical issues as regards the water project and its distribution is expected to be launched on 28th October, beginning with Nicosia.
According to ‘Havadis’, the chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Tozun Tunali stated that 51% of the water must be administrated by the TRNC and the rest by Turkey. He also accused the National Unity Party (UBP) of giving the rights for the water management to Turkey when it was in power and called on the current government to take a stance on the issue.
On his part, chairman of the United Cyprus Party (BKP) Abdullah Korkmazhan stated that the majority of the Turkish Cypriots believes that the water must be administrated by the municipalities and expressed the party’s disagreement over the privatisation of the water management.
Detay, Yeni Duzen, Havadis