Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, in a speech at the Petroleum summit in Istanbul, reported on developments in the Cyprus issue, as well as on the research for gas deposits that are about to begin. “We have to remind that the hydrocarbons in the region of Cyprus belong to both sides, and we have long recommended that the Greek Cypriot side should avoid unilateral actions in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey will defend its rights ipso facto, as well as the rights of Turkish Cypriots. There will be a benefit if the Greek Cypriot leadership does not start unilateral research that would hamper peace”, the Turkish prime minister said.
In fact, Ankara argues that they have rights derived from its continental shelf.
Erdogan at the same conference
“An important opportunity was missed for Cyprus. Certain energy companies are in line with the Greek Cypriots who make irresponsible steps for research in the eastern Mediterranean. I want to remind that the hydrocarbons in the area belong to both sides. In order to avoid new tensions in the region such steps must be avoided. That goes for the companies as well, so as not to face and lose the friendship of a Turkey which will find in front of them everywhere”, the President of Turkey said./IBNA