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Deal reached on north water dispute

A view of a reservoir in Myrtoy that receives fresh water from Turkey via the water pipeline

An agreement has been struck for the management of water channelled to the north from Turkey, it emerged on Thursday, presumably putting an end to months of discussions and bickering.

According to Turkish Cypriot officials, Turkey has accepted the changes they had proposed and a deal was expected to be signed in the next few days.

The problem was that a private company that would take over management of the water was going to be given the supervision of wells in the north, creating a monopoly.

Local authorities wanted to manage the water themselves but Turkey said it should be given to a private company.

At some point the disagreement had threatened the ruling coalition in the north.

On Thursday, reports said municipalities who were not going to be part of the system will have access to local wells and the imported water.

But they would not receive a share of the turnover from the sale of the water, not would there be any investment in their jurisdiction.

 

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