The Turkish Cypriot side does not accept a ‘loose federation’ as a way of reunifying the island, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay has said, adding that the Greek Cypriots’ refusal to share power and natural resources was the reason the talks collapsed last year and not the guarantees.
The natural gas dispute is an example of the Greek Cypriot side’s shortsighted policy, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, accusing the Republic of ignoring Turkish Cypriot rights to the island’s natural resources.
The present state of affairs cannot be the solution of the Cyprus issue and it poses risks for both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides has said.
Dozens of boxes of aid were donated by Turkish Cypriots for the fire victims in Greece which was organised by the Republican Turkish Party (CTP).
Turkish Cypriots warned on Thursday that if the government of Cyprus does not agree to talks over the exploration of hydrocarbons, they will go ahead with their own drilling.
Ankara reiterated its views on energy issues in the Mediterranean with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Turkish Minister of Energy stating on Thursday that Turkey will continue its exploration and drilling.