Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay evaluated issues pertaining to the Cyprus problem and natural gas on the island, in an interview with Reuters published over the weekend.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay gave a wide-ranging interview to the Greek Cypriot newspaper Politis this weekend, in which he discussed the latest developments on the hydrocarbon issue and urged against the Cyprus negotiations becoming a “vicious cycle”.
Turkey’s Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Ömer Çelik, has stated that there must be a mutual consent of the Turkish Cypriot side and the Greek Cypriot side regarding hydrocarbon explorations, as both sides share ownership in the Eastern Mediterranean.
President Mustafa Akıncı has readdressed the likelihood of increased tensions due to the Greek Cypriot Administration’s unilateral hydrocarbon drilling in the so-called “exclusive economic zone” (EEZ) in South Cyprus, warning that “lessons should be learnt from previous experiences”.
Speaking on a TV program on BRTK TV, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay discussed the latest developments regarding natural gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean and the initiatives the Turkish Cypriot side has taken.