Source: Nicosia, Cyprus – Associated Press
The Cypriot President announced today, Sunday, that the island will not delay its plans to explore for gas, despite Turkey’s attempts to compel his country to stop its activities by conducting gas exploration operations in the Cypriot waters.
President Nikos Anastasiades said that stopping the exploration due to Turkish pressure would be tantamount to Cyprus’ ceding of its sovereign rights.
Anastasiades confirmed its willingness to negotiate with Turkey to chart a course for an agreement to reunify Cyprus, which has been divided into two Greek and Turkish ethnic regions since the 1970s.
He pointed out that this would not happen if Turkey set preconditions such as suspending excavation for these peace talks.
Anastasiades, head of the internationally recognized government of Cyprus, said, “Doubting sovereign rights or setting preconditions like saying:” I am violating international law and in return, you must give up your sovereign rights in order for us to negotiate … This does not show good intentions or intentions. Good. “Only Turkey recognizes the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the northern third of the island.
Cyprus was partitioned in 1974 when it was invaded by Turkey in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. Turkish warships accompany ships that are exploring in the waters in which Cyprus has exclusive economic rights, including in areas where it has granted licenses to Italian energy companies Eni and France’s Total to carry out exploratory drilling.
Turkey said it was working to protect its rights and the rights of separatist Turkish Cypriots in the region’s energy reserves. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the country will not stop the exploration of hydrocarbons off Cyprus until all exploration has stopped or the Turkish Cypriots manage this activity jointly.
Last week, US Assistant Secretary of State Francis Fanon criticized the “provocative actions” that undermine regional stability, and also expressed Washington’s support for the right of Cyprus to develop its energy resources and revenue sharing between Turkish and Greek Cypriots in the peace of an agreement.