Akinci: Cost of Cyprus reunification may top estimates


The leader of Cyprus’s breakaway Turkish-Cypriot community says the ethnically divided island’s potential wealth from newly found offshore gas reserves could be used to partly fund a costly reunification deal.

Mustafa Akinci told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday that a peace accord may cost more than initial estimates.

He said gas could boost energy cooperation and foster peace in a tumultuous region, but warned unilateral drilling by Greek Cypriots could reignite tensions.