Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the “Cyprus administration’s unilateral hydrocarbon explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean were followed closely and added”: “Our country is determined to take all kinds of measures to protect the rights and interests of its own continent and to support the Turkish Cypriot side”.
Cavusoglu was responding to a written question by the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Hatay Deputy Mevlut Dudu on the issue.
The foreign minister stated that Turkey firmly supported the negotiations that began in 2008 within the framework of the UN Secretary-General’s Good Offices mission on the island, in order to ensure a fair, lasting and comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, which, as he said, “is one of Turkey’s main foreign policy priorities”.
He went on to add that the Cyprus Conference at Crans-Montana in Switzerland, failed due to the fact that the Greek Cypriot side had not demonstrated the necessary sincere and resolute stance. “The Conference has failed and has been closed, so the comprehensive negotiation process that started in 2008 has come to an end”, he said.
“Since 2003, the Greek Cypriot Administration with unilateral initiatives has tried to create unilateralist endeavours, such as oil and natural gas exploration, restricting maritime jurisdictions in the Eastern Mediterranean on behalf of the entire island. The so-called tenders opened by them coincide with the continental shelf of our country. Our country is determined to take all kinds of measures to protect the rights and interests of its own continent and to support the Turkish Cypriot side”, said Cavusoglu