Deputy Prime Minister Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay evaluated the latest proposal put forward by the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration that an ineffective and unauthorised bi-communal committee should be set up to deal with the natural gas issue surrounding the island.
Özersay said that this proposal was nothing more than trying to sweeten up the Turkish Cypriots and added that this was unacceptable.
The deputy Prime Minister Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay evaluated the natural gas issue to the Turkish News Agency (TAK) by saying that if an effective and authorised committee is to be established to deal with the natural gas issue only then will they as the government take certain steps.
“But the Greek Cypriot leader will dilute this recommendation and tie it to a comprehensive solution on the island therefore the committee will be ineffective and unauthorised and there will be no clear management and sharing taking place and they will pacify our natural gas activities. We shouldn’t enter into rules of engagement” said Özersay.
Noting that the activities carried out by the Turkish Cypriots on the field regarding the natural gas issue had in fact changed the unfavourable position created in the eastern Mediterranean and had assisted in creating a balance, Özersay said that these efforts should not be sacrificed for the new never ending barren negotiations process.
“In 2015 a covert moratorium had been declared and the two sides were going to shelve their efforts on the natural gas issue. What happened? The Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades who had made certain promises broke these promises, signed an agreement with foreign companies and continued drilling efforts” said the Foreign Minister.
“Now they are talking about a new moratorium. We had made a similar agreement in the past and considering they did not stick to this agreement we must learn from our mistakes” said Özersay.