The breakaway regime alleges that it is their right to carry out explorations for natural gas in the sea of Cyprus
According to a statement issued yesterday (28.11.13) by the self-styled ministry of foreign affairs of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, it is the regime’s right to carry out explorations for natural resources in the island’s exclusive economic zone. The full-text of the statement published on the “ministry’s” website ( is the following:

“Based on the existing rights of the Turkish Cypriot people on the island’s continental shelf, on 22 September 2011, the TRNC Council of Ministers licensed the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) to explore/ extract oil/natural gas in determined fields. Within this framework, the first seismic explorations were carried out in the end of 2011.

TPAO’s Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha vessel came to the area in order to carry out more detailed explorations in the licensed fields within the scope of the Agreement signed on 2 November 2011 with the TRNC Government.

The Turkish Cypriots, who are co-owners of the island of Cyprus, like on every issue, have equal and inseparable rights in the exploring, extracting, and managing the natural resources, which are in the island’s area of jurisdiction. Within this framework, it is natural for the Turkish Cypriot side to carry out works in the licensed fields it had determined. The reactions exhibited by the South Cyprus Greek Administration based on the rejection of the existence of the TRNC are groundless and unwarranted. When it is recalled that actually it is the Greek Cypriot side the one that threatened stability by launching unilateral actions in the area, it is once again evident that these reactions are deprived of reasoning.

The Turkish Cypriot side has been preserving since the very beginning and is still preserving the belief that the sharing of the island’s natural resources could be solved with mutual dialogue and good will. The proposals, which the Turkish Cypriot side submitted to the Greek Cypriot side and to the UN Secretary-General on 24 September 2011 and 29 September 2012 calling for the sharing of the island’s natural resources in a fair manner, are still valid. The Greek Cypriot side, which did not give a positive response to these proposals, is continuing its unilateral efforts for exploring/extracting hydrocarbons in the area ignoring the rights of the Turkish Cypriots.

The allegation published in the Greek Cypriot press that it is not a coincidence that this initiative of the Turkish Cypriot side coincided with the meeting held the day before yesterday between President Dervis Eroglu and the Leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Nikos Anastasiades is far from being serious. Those who are interested with the issue know that this kind of works is based on long lasting planning. Moreover, the Turkish Cypriot side’s efforts in the direction of resuming the full-fledged negotiations soon within the framework of the UN’s good offices mission and the unwillingness of the Greek Cypriot side on this issue are very well known by the international community.

The most correct road to be followed for being able to secure peace and stability on the island and Eastern Mediterranean is for the Greek Cypriot side to be directed towards the resumption of effective negotiations aimed at finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, by putting an end to its policies of increasing tension in the area, and until the comprehensive solution is reached to contribute in carrying out exploration/extraction activities on a common ground which will be determined with a mutual agreement until a comprehensive solution is reached”.            

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