Turkey is getting ready to launch a under-sea water pipeline project between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) , to provide water to this country, on the occasion of its 26th anniversary.

Turkish State Minister Cemil Cicek, who travelled to TRNC for the 26th anniversary celebrations, announced the project during his visit to TRNC Premier Dervis Eroglu.

He said the cabinet decided to conclude the project, allocated the necessary funds and was getting ready to invite tenders for the project which will carry water from Dragon brook to TRNC.

Cicek said they wanted to conclude the tender process untill the end of the year and lay the foundation of the pipeline early 2010, together with TRNC Premier Eroglu.

Eroglu said it gave them morale and strength to see Turkish officials by their side in this important day, adding that they would discuss issues relating to TRNC.

Cicek said they supported all efforts towards the happiness and welfare of the Turkish Cypriots. He said unjust isolation of the Turkish Cypriots should be ended.

He said they sincerely desired the Cyprus talks to succeed, noting that the Greek Cypriot side should also desire a solution and recognise the facts in Cyprus to this end. He said talks could not go on forever adding that Turkish Cypriots could not be confined to an uncertain future.

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