PM an­nounces new so­cial and eco­nomic pro­to­col

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

PRIME Min­is­ter Tu­fan Erhür­man gave his first brief­ing yes­ter­day on a new So­cial and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Pro­to­col fol­low­ing a five­hour meet­ing with Turkey’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Ak­dağ in the TRNC.

Prepa­ra­tions for the Repub­lic of Turkey/TRNC pro­to­col re­quired “po­lit­i­cal willpower and una­nim­ity”, he said, and Mr Ak­dağ would visit monthly to record agreed sub­jects as con­crete clauses to be re­alised in stages and on time.

Fac­tors in­cluded local gov­ern­ment re­form, a new and even big­ger in­dus­trial area and new hos­pi­tals, while tech­ni­cal dis­cus­sion in­cluded wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­ply.

A three-year pe­riod en­vis­aged to sup­ply wa­ter for farm­ing, al­ready the sub­ject of a long study and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Erkut Şa­hali’s Ankara visit this week, re­quired more dis­cus­sion, amid hopes to sup­ply the Me­sao­ria soon.

Fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for elec­tric­ity sup­ply from Turkey, an in­ter­con­nec­tor sys­tem, a le­gal frame­work and cheaper prices for con­sumers were needed, said the Premier.

Dis­cus­sion in­cluded air travel and hopes to in­crease Turk­ish Air­lines flights, the fall in the Turk­ish lira and the need to restart four road projects fol­low­ing the with­drawal of the con­trac­tor.

Youth and sport ser­vices were dis­cussed, es­pe­cially for poorer ar­eas where young people were at risk.

Dr Erhür­man also dis­cussed the im­por­tance of in­vest­ment and de­vel­op­ment in the İskele-Karpaz area, pub­lic trans­port and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres.

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