'Fate of the water was decided on a long time ago'
According to the document, the decision to bring water to the island had been taken during Mesut Yilmaz’s leadership and the ANAYOL-D coalition government era…
The project at the time had been foreseen to be worth 230 million dollars and the project was to be led by ALASI-ALARKO AS, a foreign partnership company. The cost of the water then was thought to be 37 US cent per metre cube.
However the most striking point was that the project was delayed until 2002 when it was brought to the attention of ANAP MP Bulent Akarcali in a parliamentary question. Akarcali had responded to the question ‘would this project be a build-run-handover type of project’, that the fate of that project had long been taken.
Therefore it seems that the project hoped to be finalised on the 28th of October and inaugurated by President Erdogan had first sprouted legs in 1998.
The then state minister Sukru Sina Gurel who had received the parliamentary question as to how the water would be run is believed to have replied that the ‘country project’ would help Turkey-Cyprus relations and ensure Turkey contributes to the Mediterranean and Middle East peace. It emphasises that the decision on how the project would be administered was taken a long time before now.