'Turkish Cypriots should be natural gas partners'

The recent discovery of natural gas resources around Cyprus triggered further disputes, this time over share of prospective revenues.

'Turkish Cypriots should be natural gas partners'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will not be a partner in Cypriot natural gas, "Turkish Cypriots will be", said the Turkish energy minister on Monday, in response to a statement by Greek Cypriot administration leader on Sunday.

Nicos Anastasiades had said that Turkey would be a "customer not a partner" in natural gas - the discovery of which, off the coast of Cyprus, is enough to supply Europe with gas for over two years.

Turkey believes that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots should share fairly the revenues of natural resources all of which belong to the two sides, within the exclusive economic zones, Yildiz told reporters.

"Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is an independent state and the partner of the Greek side for the project."

" [However] Turkey is the best destination for Cypriot natural gas and Greek Cypriot leader also remarked on this point in his statements", said Yildiz.

The Cyprus island remains divided into two sides, Greek Cypriots in the south and Turkish Cypriots in the north after a Greek Cypriot coup followed by a Turkish peace mission in 1974.

Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 15:54
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