Turkey supplies water to Northern Cyprus

Around 75 million cubic meters of water will be sent to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus via pipeline

Turkey will supply 50 years worth of water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Alakopru Dam, which is part of a project that aims to carry fresh water from Turkey to the TRNC via a pipeline, Erdogan said: “The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will no longer experience shortages of drinking water and agricultural irrigation for a half a century.”

Turkey, as a benefactor and protector of the TRNC since its establishment in 1974, has long been planning to provide fresh water to the island, which lacks its own water resources. The project was officially launched in 2011 by Erdogan when he was prime minister.

Around 75 million cubic meters of water are expected to be sent to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from a dam in southern Turkey via a pipeline.

Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the project had cost 1.6 billion Turkish liras ($576.3 million).

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci and Prime Minister Omer Kalyoncu were also in attendance.

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