Cyprus to continue exploration despite ire of Ankara

By Stephen Kakouris 18 April 2017
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UN soldiers in Nicosia viewed through the barbed wire separating northern and southern Cyprus. (PA) UN soldiers in Nicosia viewed through the barbed wire separating northern and southern Cyprus. (PA)

The approval of three agreements to explore Cypriot waters has been labelled “unacceptable” by Turkey’s foreign ministry. However, Turkey’s statements are “nothing new”, according to Cypriot Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, who vowed Cyprus would continue with its programme. 

“We do not panic, but deal with these statements calmly. The best response is the interest shown by energy giants in the Cyprus exclusive economic zone [EEZ],” said Cypriot government spokesperson Nicos Christodoulides. He considered Turkey’s statements to have been “tough talk” in the run-up to the country’s constitutional referendum on 16 April.

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