US cautions Turkey over Cyprus
The United States has reiterated its call to Turkey not to proceed with offshore drilling operations within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and repeated its support of the Mediterranean island's right to exploit and develop its oil and gas resources.
"The US strongly supports the right of Cyprus to exploit and develop its hydrocarbon resources and we believe that the proceeds from those resources should be shared equitably amongst all the people on the island within the framework of a negotiated settlement," said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer in an interview he gave in Nicosia to the Cyprus News Agency which was published on Saturday.
Asked about how Washington will react if Turkey moves ahead with drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, Palmer said Ankara has been repeatedly advised to change course.
"We've made clear to Turkey that we...