World Bulletin / News Desk
The 200 billion cubic meters of natural gas known to exist off the southern shore of Cyprus, in the Aphrodite gas field, is considered a catalyst for peace and cooperation in the region.
The Cyprus peace talks, which have been stalled since January 2012, resumed after the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Greek Cypriot leaders agreed in February on a joint declaration. The distribution of the gas found in Aphrodite is among the most important topics.
Fields licensed by Greek Cypriots for the search of natural gas, overlap with the fields licensed by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
George Pamboridis, the author of a book titled "Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Cyprus," told The Anadolu Agency that Europe was brought together to regulate the continent's coal and steel resources. Natural resources could also heal the long divisions on the island of Cyprus, he said.
“If oil and gas becomes Cyprus’ steel and coal, and if the island focuses on how the two communities could work together on a common future, the Cyprus problem will be a bad dream of the past,” Pamboridis said.
Pamboridis said Europe is the biggest potential natural gas customer of Cyprus. He said the increased significance of Cyprus can only benefit the peace process on the island because it attracts the attention of those who stand to gain from peace.
“Apart from the two communities on the island, Israel, the U.S., Turkey, even Lebanon, Syria or Egypt could benefit from a possible solution of the Cyprus problem,” Pamboridis said.
He said a pipeline to Turkey would make sense commercially, if the target market was the Turkish energy industry.
“Turkey could benefit a lot from an alternative source of natural gas, especially if this would come at a more competitive price than the Russian gas or, in a few years, the Azeri gas.”
However, Pamboridis said vision and leadership must prevail both in Cyprus and in Turkey to solve the political issues first. He said that common friends, such as the U.S. and the EU could help.
Ayla Gurel on the other hand, a senior research consultant at PRIO Cyprus Centre based in Nicosia, told Anadolu Agency in a phone interview that the energy findings in Cyprus has created a new incompatibility.
“Looking at the big picture, there have also been differences of opinion in Cyprus. The energy resources are becoming ‘fuel’ for these differences,” Gurel said, adding that, “There is a problem of ‘attitude’ among the two communities of the island.”
Noting that the peace talks in the island are being carried out without an intermediary, Gurel said this deficiency seriously affects the process.
Iftar dinner hosted by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency at Rahma Mosque in Kenyan capital
The identity of those killed was not immediately clear, with the army describing them as "terrorists" and villagers saying they were criminals.
North Korean leader wants Donald Trump talks, but much needs to be done, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in
Parliament will convene on Monday to vote on annulling the election results amid fraud allegations
Abbas, 82, was taken to hospital last week after suffering a fever
5 Russian soldiers have also been injured in clash in Deir ez-Zor; Russia also claims killing '43 terrorists'
The strike over a hike in diesel prices has caused widespread fuel shortages that have shut down urban transportation systems, crippled industries and sent prices of food and fuel soaring.
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history.
The latest conciliatory declarations capped a turbulent few days of diplomatic brinkmanship on the Korean Peninsula that had sent tensions soaring.
Russian State Library has over 35,000 books and other printed material in Turkish language collected since 1828
This is first election after deal with FARC rebels to end decades-long insurgency in country
Here are the main topics World Bulletin’s English Desk plans to cover on Sunday, May 27, 2018
Top Administrative Court approves YouTube ban for a month over video insulting Prophet Mohammad
Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik accuses Germany of patronizing terrorism