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Cyprus reports Turkish provocations to UN and EU
2007-02-01 11:36:20

Nicosia, Jan 31 - Cyprus has reported Turkey’s provocative position in regard to the exploration and exploitation of possible oil reserves or natural gas in the sea area of the Republic of Cyprus to both the UN and the EU.

Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said on Wednesday: “We will not be hauled into a public debate over an issue which solely concerns the lawful government of the Republic of Cyprus and in which neither Turkey nor the illegal regime (in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus) has any say. We are proceeding just as we planned, exercising - as an independent and sovereign state - our legal, inalienable and safeguarded-by-international-law rights.”

He added: “We are neither indifferent to Turkey’s threats nor are we concerned. We assess Turkey’s threats as unjustified, and the reaction of the incorrigible troublemaker of the region as unfounded.”

The Spokesman also refused to confirm or deny whether the Government intends to sign with Syria an agreement similar to those it signed with Egypt and Lebanon.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a provocative statement on Tuesday that “the countries and companies, which think of launching oil and natural gas exploration under null and void licenses to be given by the Greek Cypriot administration, should take into consideration the sensitivity of the situation and will of Turkish Cypriots who are the other founder nation on the island.”

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