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New threats by Turkey
Only days after the failure of the Geneva talks to deliver a united federal Cyprus without the turkish occupational troops, the focus is now on the drilling by the Cyprus Goverlnment in its territorial waters for the exploration of natural gas and the new threats by the Turkish Government.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu - who was in the northern part of the island for talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci - accused the Republic of Cyprus and Greece that while unification negotiations were being held in Crans-Montana, the Greek Cypriots made a "unilateral move" by drilling in the area, thus showing "their true intentions."
Cavusoglu said that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side will react in their own way to the drilling of the Republic of Cyprus.
"Greek Cypriots’ unilateral measures here are not right because Turkish Cypriots also have rights on the reserves around the island of Cyprus," Cavusoglu said.
"Against this unilateral step, Turkey and the TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) will work together… The talks at Crans-Montana were blocked because of them (Cyprus and Greece) and the (United Nations) Secretary-General decided to not continue this way," Cavusoglu said.
"In 2004, they rejected the (UN) Annan Plan in a referendum, their elder brothers rewarded them and immediately took them into the EU. They spoiled them, of course. Whatever they do, they find support. It is a tiny (EU) member and it is not only blocking Turkey’s EU membership but they also block many other processes. I mean, it is actually the EU that is encouraging this," Cavusoglu stated.
Prior to his trip to the occupied part of Cyprus, Cavusoglu had said: "From now on, other processes will take place in Cyprus because the negotiations cannot last endlessly. From the first day, when we [the ruling Justice and Development Party] came to power, we have always been one step ahead in the settlement of the Cyprus issue, we took all the political risks. But if the other party does not want to find a solution, then we should look for other options".
In the meantime, French energy giant Total is drilling in block 11 of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Two French warships are stationed nearby, while Turkey, has also dispatched at least one warship to monitor the situation.
The Cypriot government announced that the natural gas exploration was going as planned, with results expected in the autumn.
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