Turkish Foreign Ministry warns Total and Eni over gas deals with Cyprus
The Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman has released a written statement regarding the recent gas deal between Total and Eni with Southern Cyprus
Turkish Foreign Ministry's statement regarding the recent gas deal between Total, Eni with Cyprus:
"There have been reports in the media that the Greek Cypriot Administration has signed an agreement with Fracen’s Total and Italia’s ENI for the so-called exclusive economic zone parcel no. 7, which limits the entire Turkish Cypriot island by ignoring the Turkish Cypriots who have legitimate rights.
It shows that despite all our warnings, Southern Cyprus cannot comprehend our determination on this issue.
A part of the so-called license area 7 is within the continental shelf of our country in the region, which is also registered with the UN, as we have previously taken into consideration and shared with the international public.
Our country will not allow any foreign country, company or ship to carry out hydrocarbon exploration / extraction activities without permission in our maritime jurisdictions and will continue to take necessary measures to protect its rights and interests.
We continue to give strong warnings that the unilateral actions of the Greek Cypriot Administration aimed at usurping the rights of the Turkish Cypriots do not contribute to peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The proposal made by the Turkish Cypriot side for the fair sharing of the island's hydrocarbon resources is still on the table.
This signature proves that Greek Cypriot Administration insists on maintaining the irresponsible attitude of the Turkish Cypriot side, which disregards the equal, inseparable rights and interests of the natural resources on and around the Island.
We are once again warning the companies interested in the region that no hydrocarbon exploration can be carried out on the Turkish continental shelf based on the Greek Cypriot Administration’s invalid licenses,” the statement concluded.