Greek Cypriot administration
Greek Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said reunification talks can restart if Turkey respects the ethnically divided islandâs âsovereign right to exploitâ its offshore gas reserves.
Anastasiades said Dec. 31, 2014 that Turkey must stop trying to impose its will on its tiny neighbor, as reported by The Associated Press Jan. 1.
Expectations for a quick fix to the crisis in the Cyprus talks process appear to have come to a dead end. Turkey is reiterating that under no condition will it agree to abandon support for the equal partnership rights of the Turkish Cypriot people on - as well as off - the island, with the Greek Cypriots.
Both states on the island of Cyprus have equal rights to all natural resources, the energy minister for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus said on Nov. 21.
Hakan DinÃ§yÃ¼rek, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, insisted that his government would not give up rights to natural resources on and around the island.
Turkeys naval commander has revealed that he has been ordered to implement new rules of engagement in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu told reporters at the sidelines of the Blue Whale naval exercise on Sunday that the countrys navy has been given new instructions in case it faces a situation over hydrocarbons exploration in the area.