Energy: Cyprus and Greece agree to go on with joint deals

Nicosia and Athens call on Turkey to withdraw Barbaros ship

18 December, 10:07

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, DECEMBER 18 - The drilling in Bloc 9 of the Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will proceed as planned Foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulides said in Athens yesterday after the first joint meeting with his Greek counterpart Eleftherios Venizelos and the Energy ministers of both countries as Cyprus Mail online reports. Kasoulides said that this meeting is proof of the two countries' willingness to further cooperate in these areas. "All the countries of the Mediterranean can cooperate, taking advantage of their sea wealth, for the interest and the prosperity of our people," he added. The Cypriot minister also said that Ankara should recognise that the interests of the Turkish Cypriots, in relation to Cyprus' natural resources, have already been safeguarded, within the framework of the negotiations, where there is convergence regarding the fact that these natural resources will constitute a federal responsibility and will be distributed in a fair manner for the benefit of all Cypriots.

    Venizelos criticised Turkey's stance and said that the Barbaros survey ship's presence in the Cyprus EEZ is illegal and that the Greek government is always in cooperation with the Cypriot government in order to deal with Turkish challenges. Both ministers also stressed that the Cyprus negotiations will only resume if Turkish seismic ship Barbaros withdraws from Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and Turkey gives "concrete proof" that such actions will not be repeated. (ANSAmed).

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