The Turkish Cypriot municipality union met yesterday with the Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci in order to promote its project for the management of potable and waste water, to be transferred from Turkey.
The chairman of the union Ahmet Benli and his accompanying delegation presented the project to President Akinci.
Pointing to the importance of the water to be brought to the TRNC from Turkey, Benli noted that a debate on the management of the water had started with the water transfer project from Turkey.
Explaining that the project for the management of the water had been prepared following a decision taken by the municipalities union, Benli expressed his strong conviction that the TRNC municipalities should be responsible for the management of the water.
Also speaking during the visit, the Mayor of North Nicosia Mehmet Harmanci reminded that the municipality is not a member of the municipalities union but added that he also believes that the management of the water to be transferred from Turkey should be under the authority of the municipalities.
For his part, Akinci stated that bringing water to the TRNC from Turkey is extremely important but added that protecting and preserving the island’s own water resources is even more important.
“This does not mean we are against the water transfer project but it means we must not lose sight of our main responsibilities”, Akinci said.
Reminding that 75 million cubic metres of water will be transferred to the TRNC from Turkey annually, he pointed out that the management of the water should be under the authority of the 28 municipalities in the country.