Gas pipeline plan could bring solution
By Chris Elliott
This report by Menekse Tokyay for Southeast European Times in Istanbul which was published in SETimes makes thought-provoking reading.
Firstly, the Israeli backed plan is to build a gas pipeline from Israel to south Cyprus and then from north Cyprus to Turkey and if adopted it is hoped that co-operation in the energy sector could help resolve the nearly four-decade division of Cyprus.
Yes, it sounds like a great opportunity but with the Republic of Cyprus continually playing its EU membership trump card to keep the TRNC disadvantaged, could this plan help bring about a reunification settlement?
Perhaps there is another alternative and that is for the pipelines to be built into two separate Republics. Can you imagine with a water pipeline from Turkey to North Cyprus close to becoming operational, you now have a situation where both Republics could live together side by side in harmony and benefit from removed embargoes which would help north and south as no flight or shipping restrictions would exist.
Our dear friend and commentator, John Aziz Kent, who struggled for many years to build the first Turkish Cypriot Hotels and Tourism in North Cyprus has often said, Cyprus could be a very rich country if people would learn to recognise the mistakes of the past and co-operate for the benefit of future generations by sharing and building a rich and prosperous Cyprus that would be the envy of the world.
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