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Turkish FM denounces South’s hydrocarbon exploration

15 April 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the Greek Cypriot side is not reciprocating the sincere efforts exerted by the Turkish Cypriot to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Regarding the latest developments on the Cyprus negotiations and the unilateral steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side on the issue of natural gas and oil reserves around the island, Cavusoglu said:

We are sincerely helping efforts to solve the Cyprus problem but the Greek Cypriot side does not appear to act accordingly.

The Turkish Foreign Minister added that this was probably due to the upcoming presidential elections in South Cyprus in February next year, which he said “was just around the corner”.

Drawing attention to the one-sided steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side on the issue of natural gas and oil reserves around Cyprus, he said “we don’t consider the one-sided steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side on the issue of natural gas and oil reserves around Cyprus to be correct.

Despite our warnings, there has been no retreat and Turkey will now take some steps,” Cavusoglu added.

BRT

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