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TRNC News 20th May 2019

1. Çavuşoğlu informed his interlocutors on the issue of the drilling activities of the Fatih vessel in the Eastern Mediterranean ….
2. Oktay: “Everyone should accept that Turkey and TRNC cannot be excluded from the energy equation in the region” ….

Çavuşoğlu informed his interlocutors on the issue of the drilling activities of the Fatih vessel in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu sent a letter to the EU member countries and the Foreign Ministers of the UN Security Council’s permanent members, and the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy High Representative Federica Mogherini and informed them regarding Turkey’s drilling activities of the Fatih vessel in the Mediterranean.

In his letter Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu underlined Turkey’s political and legal position and stressed that the area in question lies entirely within the Turkish continental shelf.

Reiterating that the Turkish government granted licences to Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) in 2009 and 2012 including the offshore operations area which is located 75 kilometres off the west coast of the island of Cyprus, Çavuşoğlu underlined that the EU’s support to the Greek Cypriots – just for the sake of membership solidarity – is not compatible with international law.

Stating that Turkey has made its position clear regarding the Eastern Mediterranean since 2004 and registered it with the United Nations, Çavuşoğlu pointed out that Turkey does not accept the unilateral Exclusive Economic Zone claims of the Greek Cypriots.

Oktay: “Everyone should accept that Turkey and TRNC cannot be excluded from the energy equation in the region”

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said at an event in the TRNC on Friday (17th May) that everyone should accept that Turkey and TRNC cannot be excluded from the energy equation in the region.

Oktay attended an Iftar programme organized by the TRNC Red Crescent and Foundation Administration. In his speech, Oktay mentioned the Cyprus problem and said that the current status quo is unsustainable. “During the negotiation process, which has been continuing for half a century, we showed our good will but we could not reach a result due to the uncompromising attitude of the Greek Cypriot side. Our aim is to provide political equality of the Turkish Cypriots and take under guarantee the legal rights and security of the Turkish Cypriots. I want to reiterate that we are ready to negotiate the solution models that protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots”.

Adding that the hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean have made the Island of Cyprus a centre of attraction, Oktay stressed that the Greek Cypriot side showed by their unilateral steps that they are not willing to share the natural resources.

Furthermore, Oktay said “We will not disregard the approach of the Greek Cypriot side which ignores the Turkish Cypriots”.