The President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated that it should be known very well that Turkey is committed to protecting the rights of both Turkey and the TRNC in relation to the hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated yesterday that the TRNC and the Turkish Cypriot people are entitled to the reserves around the island of Cyprus, and that this right must be guaranteed. Therefore, Turkey will not allow unilateral exploration activities by the Greek Cypriot side.
By Chris Elliott........ We have been asked by our ministry contacts to remind the general public that they can make phone calls by landline to landline within the TRNC free of charge between 7pm and 7am throughout the week and all day on Sunday.
Full text of the statement made by the Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the recent Cyprus visit of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell is as follows: