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Turkish Cypriot water transfer project to be launched Monday

NICOSIA - Anatolia News Agency | 3/6/2011 12:00:00 AM |

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Alakopru Dam, part of a project to carry potable and irrigation water from Turkey to northern Cyprus, will take place in Mersin on Monday.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Alakopru Dam, part of a project to carry potable and irrigation water from Turkey to northern Cyprus, will take place in the Anamur district in the southern province of Mersin on Monday.

Water from the Alakopru Dam will be carried to Turkish Cyprus via underwater pipes. Each year 75 million cubic meters of water will be transferred to the island.

Turkey’s move to send water to the northern Cyprus will change the balance on the island, said Turkish Cyprus Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Zorlu Töre.

During his visit to Tarsus, Töre named the project the most important victory for Turkish Cyprus, following the Turkish military intervention in 1974 and the establishment of the country.

Noting that there are many arable fields in Tarsus, with the project the island will also contribute the agricultural exports from the region. “We will produce and market our goods together,” Töre said.

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Cyprus President Derviş Eroğlu and Turkish Cyprus Prime Minister İrsen Küçük are expected to join the ceremony.

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