World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Tuesday that the Greek Cypriots on the divided island do not intend to use the fresh water provided via pipeline from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
Recep Akdag, who is also responsible for the TRNC’s economic development on behalf of Turkey, said there are currently no plans for the Greek Cypriots to use the water supplied by Mersin, Turkey.
"The Greek Cypriot side has no intention to do any work with the TRNC. Why talk about an intention which doesn’t exist?” said Akdag.
"There are even some foolish Greek Cypriot politicians and leading figures who say they would rather drink poison rather than Turkish water," Akdag said.
Akdag said that if the Greek Cypriots pursue harmonious ties with the TRNC, they could benefit from this water.
"We want the island to be an island of peace. We want to reach a solution and formation of a government based on equal rights between the two societies," Akdag said.
The project to send fresh water to Turkish Cyprus via an 80-kilometer (50-mile) pipeline under the Mediterranean began in October 2015. Under the project, some 75 million cubic meters of fresh water is set to be sent each year for a total of 50 years.
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