TRNC News Today 17th November 2014
- If the Greek side is devoted and sincere to reach a federal partnership
- Unpleasant facts about natural gas
- Koenig’s proposal on hydrocarbons rejected by the Greek Cypriots
“If the Greek side is devoted and sincere to reach a federal partnership, it should act to make it possible’’
President Derviş Eroğlu emphasized that Turkish Cypriot side is at the negotiation table, however the time for Greek Cypriot side to decide what they want has already passed and added that “if they are devoted and sincere to reach a federal partnership, they should act in that direction to make it possible”
At the speech he gave on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the declaration of the TRNC, President Eroğlu stated that one of the happiest days of Turkish Cypriots is 15th of November 1983.
Eroğlu said that “it is our expectation mainly from the United Nations, United States, European Union and the international community, to show respect to both sides’ rights and to urge the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades to return to the negotiation table unconditionally where everything can be talked and solved.
Unpleasant facts about natural gas
It is reported that it has become clear in recent months that the Greek Cypriot side’s making use of hydrocarbons depends on its developing good geopolitical and economic relations with the energy countries in the region and on the solution of the Cyprus problem together with reaching a difficult consensus with Turkey .
Weekly Katimerini newspaper reported that sources from diplomatic and energy areas said that Cyprus is still spending too much time on how to export the natural gas and does not consider how to meet its own needs.
Same sources pointed out that the Greek Cypriot Government’s first concern should be meeting its own energy needs, developing regional cooperation and reaching a consensus with Turkey at the same time.
In the article it has also been pointed out that the greatest fear of the Greek Cypriot administration and the involved companies is Turkey bringing a drilling platform to the region.
Koenig’s proposal on hydrocarbons rejected by the Greek Cypriot Political parties
Greek Cypriot political parties rejected US Ambassador John Koenig’s proposal to discuss hydrocarbons in some kind of a forum. The Greek Cypriot political parties rejected the idea by saying, “that only meant accepting Turkish demands.”
Greek Cypriot political parties also rejected the idea that hydrocarbons should be discussed parallel to inter communal negotiations and co-joint management of natural gas before the solution.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office