Hydrocarbon crisis : Greek Cypriot side cannot ignore Turkish Cypriot co-ownership

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay has stated that the Greek Cypriot side, alongside oil and natural gas companies, must share the island’s natural resources with the Turkish Cypriot side.

In a written statement on the island’s hydrocarbon crisis, the Foreign Minister stressed that the Greek Cypriot side cannot ignore the Turkish Cypriot people any longer.

The Foreign Minister stated: “Some crises create opportunities. The latest crisis in the island’s hydrocarbons and maritime jurisdiction areas has not turned into a conflict, due to the calm approach adopted by the TRNC and Turkey.

“The Greek Cypriot leadership should understand that the Turkish Cypriot side will not allow these actions unless the Cyprus problem is solved. Even if there is no solution, they cannot proceed with these activities without reaching an agreement with the Turkish Cypriot side on the extraction and sharing of these common resources.

“It is unfair and unacceptable to position oneself as willing to find a solution to these problems, but to actively seek to benefit from the status quo created by the same problems. Unfortunately, the membership of the Greek Cypriot side to the European Union has allowed this exact situation. We will not allow a similar state of affairs to develop in the field of oil and natural gas.

“There is a fundamental contradiction in the Greek Cypriot position. On one hand, they accept that we are one of the owners of these resources, but on the other hand, they try to continue their activities without asking us. This is unacceptable according to both international law and justice”.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office