Will water make friends?

By Chris Elliott

Here in Cyprus we have a water problem with increasing usage that is not matched by a replenishment supply, or is it?

Following on from the very severe drought of 2008 in Cyprus, work is forging ahead with a pipeline being built from the Dragon River in Turkey which will bring water in abundance to Gecitköy reservoir in North Cyprus and this will become available in early 2014.

The Republic of Cyprus during the same period began to ship in water from Greece and it was reported at the time that they dismissed the proposed Turkish to North Cyprus water Waterlink as a pipe dream. Since then in Cyprus the authorities have been hard at work trying to increase their water stocks through the building of desalination plants which are expensive and can be environmentally destructive.

With the concept of the water pipeline being announced, North Cyprus stated they would be willing to share supplies with the Republic of Cyprus but the offer was rejected as a non starter. Now we learn that proposals are being made for the building of a water pipeline or shipping it into South Cyprus from Lebanon .

Having already rejected the hand of peace offering to share water, the Republic of Cyprus shows no sign of wanting to change its mind and continues at whatever the cost to preserve the dreams of the past and try and take them into the future.

To learn more, please follow the links below to read other articles on the issue and also watch the Aljazeera video.

Ist July 2008 –             NBC News report: click here

3rd March 2010 –        MinnPost report: click here

28th October 2013 –   Aljazeera video and report: click here

8th November 2013 – Cyprus Mail report: click here