World Bulletin / News Desk
There is no justification for excluding the will of Turkish Cypriot people in drilling activities around the island, said Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC) premier on Friday, rebuffing Greek Cyprus’ unilateral natural gas drilling efforts.
Tufan Erhurman stressed that Turkish Cypriots are one of the two main elements to decide and manage the area's natural resources.
His reaction comes amid the ongoing row between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots over an Italian drilling ship trying to do gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea.
The ship was blocked by the Turkish navy before reaching the area.
Erhurman added that merely getting some share of the natural wealth in the Mediterranean would not be enough, but that the Turkish Cypriot people should be part of the management and decision-making process of the region’s natural resources.
Erhurman said the creation of a committee including both essential elements of the process would be the right approach.
"No excuse can justify the execution of will of the Turkish Cypriot people,” he added.
"Of course, we [the TRNC] will continue this work together with Turkey," he said, adding that Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay was appointed to follow the process.
Conservative bill was widely expected to fail in the chamber
Washington urges Moscow to reign in ally amid offensive in de-escalation zone
‘Koko touched lives of millions as an icon for interspecies communication and empathy’, Gorilla Foundation says
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says they will look into strengthening transatlantic bond in summit next month
Administration to no longer require immediate legal proceedings for undocumented adults who cross illegally with children
Trump administration makes request following backlash over its immigration policy
President says he will take ‘preemptive’ action to halt the actions that have drawn widespread criticism
Al-Sadr’s Sairoon bloc fails to form governing coalition with Al-Wataniya, National Wisdom Movement
Top Trump advisers arrive in Cairo after earlier stops in Jordan, Saudi Arabia
Official results of May 12 elections have been dogged by controversy
Muhammed Ebu Dekka was wounded by Israeli gunfire on May 14, says Palestinian Health Ministry
Protestors march from Bryant Park to United Nations headquarters
U.S. withdrew from UN rights council, accusing it of being hypocritical and biased against Israel
New rule is latest effort by Trump to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act