The TRNC together with Turkey will not permit the Greek Cypriot administration to continue engaging in unilateral natural gas exploration activities Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay has said.
“They have to show their readiness to share natural resources with us. I am talking about natural gas. Is the Greek Cypriot side ready to share the richness and wealth in the island with Turkish Cypriots or not?” he asked.
The minister added that the Turkish Cypriot side together with Turkey had chosen a diplomatic path to decrease tension over this issue.
“This vicious circle will continue. We want to put forward an approach that targets results, not more negotiations,” he said.
“In the period ahead we want an agreement to be reached on the island. We want a mutual solution to be reached but for this to take place a ‘mentality change’ is needed. Currently there is no perspective for the negotiations to begin with the Greek Cypriot side”, said Özersay.