Turkey Works on $700 Million Northern Cyprus Water Line

Turkey is working on a $700 million project for a dam and 107-kilometer (66-mile) pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea to supply fresh water to northern Cyprus, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said today.

Construction of the pipeline that will run from Alakopru dam near Anamur on the Mediterranean to a dam that will be built in Gecitkoy in northern Cyprus is expected to start next year and be operational by March 2014. When done, the pipeline could also supply water to the southern Greek Cypriot side should the island be unified, Atalay said.

The line is designed to carry 75 million cubic meters (19.8 billion gallons) of water a year to northern Cyprus. Cyprus has been divided between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish-held northern part since Turkey invaded in 1974 in response to a Greek Cypriot coup to unite the island with Greece.

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