The Turkish Cypriots have completed their obligations on the water issue and are ready to sit down with Turkey and sign a supplementary protocol. This will include the transitional period until tenders are put out to distribute the water, Nazim Cavusoglu, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources has said.
At the weekend, Cavusoglu visited the pumping station and water desalination plant in Guzelyurt and the Gecitkoy dam and its pumping station. During the visit, he was briefed by engineers from Turkey’s State Water Affairs, who are responsible for the area’s water provision project.
Cavusoglu said that there are currently 12 million cubic metres of water in Gecitkoy dam and that the annual water needs of North Cyprus are estimated to be between 27 and 30 million cubic metres. He noted that the water is currently flowing from Turkey at full capacity, but the dam is not full. Meanwhile surplus water is flowing into the sea because technical tests are being carried out.