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Cyprus energy program to proceed ‘according to plan’

TAGS: Cyprus, Turkey, Energy, Diplomacy

One day after Turkey’s Foreign Ministry slammed a decision by the government in Cyprus to invite companies to bid on a new energy exploration zone off the island’s coast, known as block 7, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Nicosia’s energy program would proceed “according to plan on the basis of international law.”

“No further comment is needed,” Prodromou said.

In a statement Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that “the decision by the Greek-Cypriot government is proof that the equal rights and interests of the Turkish-Cypriot side with regard to the island’s natural resources continue to be ignored.” It added that the Turkish-Cypriot community are “co-owners” of the island.

The ministry statement also said that Cyprus’s decision “violates the rights of our country stemming from international law.” It said that any exploratory activities can only take place with Turkey’s permission.

The statement concluded that Ankara will continue to take all the necessary measures to protect its rights and will not allow any third party to conduct exploratory activities for the development of hydrocarbon fields in the region.

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