World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a permanent and fair solution in Cyprus is beneficial for islanders and the international community, especially the EU.
Addressing a joint press conference with his newly-elected Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci on Wednesday, Erdogan said: “Greek Cypriots should no longer make things difficult. Instead, they need to put in a sincere effort. If this happens, we believe 2015 will be the ‘solution year’ for Cyprus.”
The Turkish president said that to resolve the “Cyprus issue,” Greece "should make the necessary contribution for solution," and join efforts with Turkey.
"We will continue to encourage Greece in this regard," Erdogan added.
Erdogan also reiterated Turkey's ongoing support for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
"We will give our support as always," he said. "We will stand by the president and his delegation."
President Erdogan also highlighted Turkey's water supply project to Turkish Cypriots, describing it as "the project of the century."
"The project will hopefully be completed around July or August," Erdogan added.
The Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project, announced in January, is another major step taken toward the economic development of the island, providing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with water for the next 50 years.
Once completed, the project will supply annually around 75 million cubic meters of water to the island, according to the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci also talked about the ongoing Cyprus issue, saying the parties on the island are "on the verge of a solution."
"The positive attitude of the international community is an extra support for us," Akinci said.
The dispute goes back to 1960, when the Treaty of Guarantee was signed between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, along with the British government, over the island.Last Mod: 07 Mayıs 2015, 09:32