Cyprus to continue exploration despite ire of Ankara

Turkish threats will not deter the government of Cyprus from exploring the island’s EEZ. Nicosia wants IOC involvement to bolster its position Turkish threats will not deter the government of Cyprus from exploring the island’s EEZ. Nicosia wants IOC involvement to bolster its position.
By Stephen Kakouris 18 April 2017 0 25506
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...

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