TRNC News Today 6th August 2015
Project of the century about to finish
“TRNC Water Supply Project”, which is being called “the project of the century”, will become operational on 7th August as the last component gets added. As part of the project, the water pipe constructed under the sea, which is currently 66.5 kilometres long, runs from the Alaköprü dam in Mersin to Northern Cyprus.
According to the information obtained by Anadolu Agency reporters, due to completion of the water pipeline, there will be a ceremony on Friday, 7 August in the TRNC with the participation of the Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroğlu.
As part of the project, which is intended to be finished by the end of this year, the construction of a 24-km-long transmission line from the Turkish side, a 3.7-km-long transmission line from the Turkish Cypriot side, and a 67-km-long transmission line from the Geçitköy water supply station has been completed.
The construction of transmission lines from the TRNC water treatment plant to Kyrenia, Famagusta and Dipkarpaz is still ongoing.
When the project terminates, 75,000,000 cubic meter (cbm) of drinking and irrigation water will be supplied from the Alaköprü dam to the Geçitköy dam in the TRNC annually through a 106-km-long pipeline. There will be a 23-km-long pipeline in the Turkish side, an 80-km-long pipeline under the sea, and a 3-km-long pipeline in the TRNC.
38 million cbm water from the dam’s reservoir will be used for drinking, and 37 million cbm water will be used for irrigation.
The project will be able to compensate for the TRNC’s projected water need for the next 50 years, and especially the irrigation water will raise the agricultural revenue of the country.
(Cyprusscene.com together with other media have been invited to view the on boat ceremony and our review of this momentous occasion will follow shortly).
Akıncı: “Good progress made on administration and power sharing”
President Mustafa Akıncı, who had a breakfast meeting with press representatives, said that they have made good progress on issues, such as administration and the power sharing, however, they have not reached a solution about the rotating presidency, which is an inseparable part of the political equality.
Stating that they had taken solid steps towards implementing Confidence Building Measures, Mustafa Akıncı said that they located the mine fields in the north side and removed the requirement to fill a visa form at the crossing points. He also stated that they are working at a technical level on several issues, such as interconnecting the electricity grids, making mobile telephone networks interoperable, preventing radio frequency interferences, and opening more crossing points.
Stating that the Technical Committee on Culture has been formed and that they are working on establishing a committee on gender equality, Akıncı reminded that they took part in social activities together with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades. Mustafa Akıncı emphasized that the main objective in the negotiations is to reach a comprehensive solution and said that some speculative news takes place in the Greek press from time to time as in the past and he asked that such news should not be considered. Akıncı stated that the parameters of a solution have been discussed for many years and emphasized that they are known. Akıncı said: “We are aiming to reach a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal structure” and underlined that, he defended this perspective during his presidential candidateship and also now.
President Mustafa Akıncı noted that the ownership, guarantees and security issues have been discussed for many years and underlined that the ownership is the last issue to be discussed.
Emphasizing that there are five sides such as Turkish Cypriot side, Greek Cypriot side, Turkey, UK and Greece on the issue of guarantees, President Akıncı said “Of course, when the time comes, these issues will be negotiated. Our freedom, equality and safety are so important for us. A possible agreement will certainly include these issues”. President Akıncı also reminded that some statements concerning sending some people by boats in case of an agreement are completely unreal, Akıncı also expressed that the solution to be found should be suitable for human rights as well.
Furthermore, President Mustafa Akıncı stated that neither village, territory, area issues nor percentage issues have been discussed at the table so far and that the ideas put forth on these issues are only assumptions.
Akıncı presented law draft regarding the Public Service Commission
President Mustafa Akıncı presented a law draft regarding the Public Service Commission to Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu at the meeting of the Council of Ministers. Emphasizing that the commission concerns closely public administration in the country and he pointed out the importance of being an independent and objective commission. At the beginning of his statement before the meeting, Akıncı wished success to coalition government CTP-BG and UBP and he also wished the “Reform government” to reach their aim and make people move forward from the current stage.
Kanbay: “In case of hurry, some things may fail to be noticed”
The newly-appointed Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa Derya Kanbay during the visit to 3rd President Derviş Eroğlu stated that the negotiations should be carried out with a smart calendar, without emitting to a lot of time. In case of hurry some things may be missed and problems that cannot be solved may arise.
Kanbay pointed out that there are two separate lands, two separate nations and two separate governments on the island and said: “They can live side by side with a federal structure and some issues can speak in one voice in the international arena. In this way, this is probably going to be a success, there may be a federal building”.
Kanbay said that the basic methods of the negotiations prevent sharing information. Kanbay also noted that explaining everything without reaching a consensus could be confusing.
Pointing out that people may have some hesitation as some news about the negotiations comes out, Kanbay said that especially some personal issues and issues that will affect their lives can bother the people.
Derviş Eroğlu, the former President, pointing out that the expectations suddenly soared, said: “Hopefully, we will not be disappointed later”. He also stated that the negotiations are not only based on the attitude and the goodwill of the Turkish Cypriots, but of the Greek Cypriots as well.
Stating that the former leaders had reached compromises on several issues before, however, these issues are now being negotiated again, Eroğlu commented that if they start from scratch whenever a new leader is elected, a settlement will never be reached. Eroğlu expressed his wish that the leaders reach an agreement on the present six topics, even though it is difficult.
Eroğlu stated that a settlement method based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation had become a UN parameter. He also pointed out that the federal state will be established by the two states, which have equal status.
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