The hydrocarbons located in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) are not an excuse for friction, but a reason to find a solution that would enable the reunification of the country for the benefit of its people, the Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said in Athens on Thursday, 20/11.
Speaking at an event organized by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the Initiative Year of Cyprus 2014 and the Observatory of International Organisations and Globalisation, Christodoulides said the issue of energy should not be used as a reason not to find a solution for the Cyprus issue.
He also said the Cypriot government is ready to proceed to the important phase of the negotiations but cannot participate while being threatened and while the illegal Turkish provocations are continuing in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Christodoulides said Turkey first added the issue of energy in bilateral negotiations in February 2014 and that this is the first time it is conducting seismic research at the southern part of Cyprus’ EEZ, in blocks that have been allocated to international companies for research and use.
He also said the Cypriot government is determined to work for a continuous and viable solution without winners and losers.