According to statements made by Cyprus’ Foreign minister, Nikos Christodoulides, Nicosia and Cairo are considering the construction of an underwater pipeline for the transfer of natural gas from the Cypriot EEZ to the LNG facilities already in place in Egypt.
In practice, the plan dictates that the Aphrodite field, which is within the Cypriot EEZ, will be connected to the LNG unit in Egypt.
In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, ahead of his current contacts in Cairo, minister Christodoulides said that the parties involved are in the process of negotiating the conditions for the sale of natural gas, expressing the hope that soon there will be positive results.
Cyprus – he added – maintains excellent relations with the Arab countries, and faces similar challenges with Egypt that can be addressed through joint actions.
Referring to Turkey and its latest initiatives, the Cypriot minister noted that Ankara’s conduct clearly threatens the efforts made by several countries in the region, of creating stable and secure conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean through co-operation in various fields, such as the energy one.
Responding to a question as to how Nicosia will face a possible drilling by Turkey in the Cypriot EEZ, he said the Cypriot government is working to prevent such an act, which, in practice, will jeopardize any attempt to resolve the Cyprus problem.
The Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is expected in Cairo in late April…. / IBNA