In deep waters

As the much-anticipated water from Turkey reached the northern part of Cyprus earlier this month, through an ambitious trans-Mediterranean pipeline, a bitter crisis has emerged over how this water will be managed.

Returning to the management crisis, Turkey, saying the municipalities in the northern part of Cyprus do not have the financial means and are not qualified to make the extra investments and run the project, is demanding that the operating rights of the water are transferred to a private company through a public tender.

Turkish Cypriot municipalities, on the other hand, are strongly opposing privatisation of the distribution and management of water, saying that this would take away their primary source of income and effectively, spell their end.

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