By Chris Elliott…….
Today an agreement will be signed by Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Berat Albayrak, and TRNC Economy and Energy Minister, Sunat Atun and work will commence soon on the laying of an undersea electricity cable link between the two countries which will allow for greater involvement of the TRNC in the interconnected electricity system for the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe.
How this arrangement will affect the current UN sponsored peace talks between the TRNC and the RoC has yet to play out.
Some will say this is an increasing takeover of North Cyprus by Turkey so how can a settlement be reached?
The big issue which will be hard to resolve will be property ownership and already we have Turkish water being pumped into a massive reservoir at Geçitiköy after the project started with the construction of Alakopru Dam in Anamur Turkey in March 2011. The water is then pumped up the mountain to a huge water purification and distribution plant at Çamlibel from where it is pumped through a vast network of new pipes and additional pumping stations around the TRNC and across whose land does it cross some will ask?
With the arrival of electricity through an undersea cable and as it comes ashore it will then need to be connected to an upgraded TRNC electricity network system, so again we may have issues of land and its use in this much needed development project causing issues.
The project to supply water known as Peace Water, was promoted as the “Project of the Century” and this has now become a reality and it is now being followed by electricity which could also be Peace Electricity if the naysayers could move forward from the past and learn from mistakes made and plan to live in harmony and prosperity either as brothers or neighbours in the future..