TRNC News Today 19th November 2014 – Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu: Greek Cypriots exploring natural gas not sign of goodwill

TRNC News Today 19th November 2014

  • Greek Cypriot side exploring natural gas not sign of goodwill….
  • FM Nami meets with President and Board of MÜSİAD….
  • Current opportunity should be evaluated….
  • Cooperation in natural gas is for the benefit of all countries in the region….

Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu: “Greek Cypriot side’s exploring natural gas while negotiations were going on is not sign of good will”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Greek Mevlüt ÇavuşoğluCypriots’ exploring natural gas while the negotiations were going on in the island is not a sign of good will.

At a TV program Çavuşoğlu answered questions and said exploration studies in the Eastern Mediterranean have no validity and added that those countries have made such an initiative due to their current conjuncture. Çavuşoğlu added “We have warned before that if they announce an exclusive economic zone, we will send our vessels there. Their steps do not contribute to a solution”.

Foreign Minister Nami meets with President and Board Members of MÜSİAD

Within the framework of his contacts in Germany, Foreign Minister Nami came together with the President and Board members of the Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) at the MÜSİAD centre and received Ozdil Nami picture by Politis Newsinformation pertaining to MÜSİAD’s work in Berlin.

Minister Nami also provided information pertaining to the Cyprus problem and current situation of the negotiation process. Minister Nami, who also responded to questions related to the topic, expressed that the recent situation related to hydrocarbons has demonstrated once again how essential and important the resolution of the Cyprus problem is.

Emphasizing that the only way to reach a settlement is through the negotiating table, Minister Nami expressed that Anastasiades’ withdrawal from the table is unacceptable and underlined the necessity for the Greek Cypriot leader to return to the table without further delay.

Current opportunity should be evaluated

Vice President of Atlantic Council, a US based think tank, Damon Damon WilsonWilson said that there is a special window of opportunity for the solution of the Cyprus problem and this opportunity should be evaluated.

At a meeting with a group of journalists from both sides of the island that took place at the Cyprus Community Media Center (CCMC) in the buffer zone, Wilson said that US Vice President Joe Biden knows and follows the Cyprus issue very well. Adding that US President Barack Obama is also interested in the Cyprus issue, Wilson said “Cyprus issue will not always be on the top agenda of US Administration”.

Expressing that the US do not desire to spend the next ten years by discussing the Cyprus issue, Wilson added that there are more important issues like terror of ISID in the Middle East that needs attention.

Hochstein: “Cooperation in natural gas is for the benefit of all countries in the region”

U.S. State Department International Energy Coordinator and Acting Special Envoy Amos J. Hochestein who is also in charge of the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) stated that Amos J Hochsteinthe best way to make good use of natural resources for the Eastern Mediterranean countries is cooperation.

Reminding that Western Europe experienced natural gas shortages during 2006-2009 due to the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, Hochestein indicated that Eastern Mediterranean countries should make good use of the new natural resources and they should comprehend that the cooperation in the region is worldwide.

Answering a question about the most favourable way to transfer natural gas to Europe, Hochestein said that the issue should be evaluated among the countries involved namely, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and most probably Lebanon in the future and added that at present interests of these countries are parallel.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office