TRNC News Today 7th January 2015
Eroglu : “TPAO will continue seismic activities”
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side has put forward its unilateral activities performed under the title ‘Republic of Cyprus’ and the acceptance of its sovereignty as a precondition in order to return to the table, Eroglu reiterated that in spite of everything the Turkish side is at the table without a precondition.
Eroglu said that Anastasiades has once more disrupted the multisided efforts towards resuming the negotiations continued under the leadership of the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus – Espen Barth Eide.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Exploration vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa will continue activities in the Region”
TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement regarding unilateral exploration activities of the Greek Cypriot Administration in the Eastern Mediterranean. The full text of the statement is as follows:-
“Following the expiration of the deadline announced in the Navigational Telex issued by Turkey on behalf of our Government regarding the activities of the seismic exploration vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa (BHP), it was expected that the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) would end its unilateral drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, despite our goodwill efforts the Greek Cypriot side remains insistent on pursuing their one sided activities in this regard. We regretfully observed that the Greek Cypriot side, through its notifications since 20 November 2014, not only carried its activities to a new drilling site and extended the on-going drilling period until 19 March 2014, but also decided on 30 December 2014 to expand the drilling site and extend its activities up until 29 March 2015. Furthermore, in an official statement on 5 January 2015, the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades continued to set pre-conditions to return to the UN-led negotiations and declared that the Turkish Cypriots may have a say regarding the natural resources of Cyprus only after a comprehensive settlement is found to the Cyprus problem.
As previously declared, the Turkish Cypriot side will not remain unresponsive to the unilateral activities carried out by the GCA which disregard the inherent rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people. In light of these developments, the BHP vessel will continue its activities in the region within the framework of the licenses given to TPAO. The Navigational Telex announcement concerning these new activities will be published today by Turkey on behalf of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It should also be reiterated that with a view to protecting the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people, the Turkish Cypriot side will continue to take all necessary steps within this framework, including commencement of drilling, in cooperation with Turkey.
The Turkish Cypriot side retains its conviction that a mutually agreed cooperation framework to be agreed upon by the two parties is the most appropriate way of carrying out the exploration, exploitation and exportation of the natural resources around the Island. In this context, the proposals put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side in 2011 and 2012 are still on the table.
The Turkish Cypriot side once again renews its call to the Greek Cypriot leadership to refrain from unilateral activities, to return to the UN-led negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem and to help foster a conducive atmosphere for meaningful dialogue.”
Criticism from AKEL to Anastasiades
AKEL’s Head of the Cyprus Desk – Toumazos Çelebis made statements to Astra radio and criticized the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades. Expressing that Turkey waited for the statements of Anastasiades before issuing a new NAVTEX Çelebis said: “Greek Cypriot government should have made efforts in order to prevent the new NAVTEX. AKEL has made related proposals towards this direction however these have not been accepted.” In addition Çelebis has expressed his worries regarding the stagnancy in the Cyprus negotiations in the recent two years.
On the other hand, Speaker of the Greek Cypriot Assembly and the President of EDEK – Yannakis Omiru, reacted towards the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades who has made statements regarding the discussion of natural gas at the latest stage of the negotiations. Omiru expressed that in spite of the opposing views at the meeting of political party presidents held the previous day, Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades explained that the pending issues regarding the natural gas can be discussed at the last stage of the negotiations. Omiru also said that Greek Cypriot National Council and the Council of Greek Cypriot Political Party Presidents have taken a decision such that discussion of natural gas at the negotiations will never be accepted; however with the statement he made, Anastasiades has violated this principle. Omiru has evaluated the proposal of Anastasiades as a great concession.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office