Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and former Turkish Cypriot President, has said that that an agreement had been reached with former Greek Cypriot President Christofias that management of the water from the Turkish project would come under the federal government authorities.
He noted that the water was of strategic importance and that if the water was managed by the federal government, it would avoid any quarrels between the two communities.
Talat argued that the water which comes from the Turkish project is not a natural resource and added: “It is a strategic product. Therefore, during our time [as president] we had agreed on the issue of the administration of the water being under the federal government”.
He said that the international agreements, which had been regularly made by both sides will not contravene the Founding Agreement to be reached.
“We expect this is to be the way”, he stated: “Therefore, the agreements reached between the TRNC and Turkey will continue being valid, that is to say they will be binding for the federal government. There is no problem from the point of view of international law”.