Cyprus: Nicosia, 'gas search will continue despite Ankara'

Anastasiadis message after extension of Turkish Navy blockade

21 February, 14:08

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 21 - Cyprus means to continue scheduled offshore drilling to search for hydrocarbons in the Exclusive Economic Zone, in spite of harsh opposition from Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot community, the president of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, said in a statement published Wednesday after Turkish authorities yesterday decided to extend until March 10 a ban on navigation in the maritime area off the south-eastern coast of Cyprus, designed by Nicosia for the drilling activities of ENI's Saipem 12000 rig.

    In the message, Anastasiadis urges Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot community to return to the negotiating table to solve the controversy. (ANSAmed)
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