The United Nations will not “take a position on the rights of member states under the treaties to which they are party or under general international law”, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said but they do “regret” the escalation of the tension between Cyprus and Turkey over the drillings in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
On Tuesday, replying to a question by the Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu on the ongoing tension, Farhan Haq said: “the Secretary-General regrets that tensions over hydrocarbons exploration have escalated once again and emphasizes that all concerned parties should do their utmost to defuse tensions”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Haq noted, “stresses that a solution to the Cyprus problem constitutes the best chance of resolving this issue once and for all and unlocking collaborative and mutually beneficial solutions”. Connected with this is “Guterres’ point from a report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus”, Anadolu reads, “saying that ‘any natural resources found around Cyprus could benefit both communities’.”…/IBNA
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