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President Mustafa Akıncı has stated that it is an important responsibility to make good use of natural reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean that have been discovered in recent years with a shared wisdom for the benefit of the region and whole of humanity.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım stated that the Greek Cypriot Administration’s unilateral hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean exemplify the narrow-minded approach of the Greek Cypriot side.
President Mustafa Akıncı stated that Turkey’s exclusion from security adjustments on Cyprus is out of the question and emphasised that this option is not, and has never been, on the agenda. He said, “Unfortunately, there are many distortions regarding this issue nowadays.”
The Turkish Cypriot side is determined to be a decisive actor with Turkey on foreign policy issues, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay, who noted that the Turkish Cypriot side will act accordingly in the coming period.
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.