Cyprus: ENI's drilling going on despite Turkey's provocation

13 October, 10:48

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, OCTOBER 13 - ENI's scheduled drilling in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will continue despite Turkey's provocations, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said, calling at the same time on the political parties "to collectively and in a spirit of unity tackle the current serious Turkish provocation." The Minister, as Cyprus News Agency reported, said that the conclusion drawn from the public reactions on behalf of the Permanent Members of the Security Council and the EU is that everyone recognizes the sovereign right of the Republic of Cyprus to exploit mineral reserves in its EEZ and calls for avoiding provocations.

    "The international disapproval has been recorded. Diplomatic efforts will continue. Is this enough to stop Turkey? Maybe yes, maybe not," he said, adding that "even the President of the United States had to apologize to Turkey for the truths he told in Harvard because of the present circumstances." Kasoulides made it clear that ENI's planned drilling will continue despite the challenges. He reiterated that the revenues from natural gas, which are not expected before the end of the decade, belong proportionately to all Cypriots. He also noted that current provocative actions by Turkey send the message that it does not want or does not believe that the Cyprus problem will be resolved by then." On Monday the minister will be travelling to Athens where he will have consultations with the Greek vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos "to coordinate actions and activities to counter the Turkish threat."(ANSAmed).

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