Turkey insists on fair distribution of natural resources of Cyprus between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, said the press Secretary of the Turkish foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy in response to the statement by the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.
As previously reported by Borrell, the foreign Ministers of the European Union meeting in Brussels on Monday instructed to study possible measures in response to Turkey’s actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular, drilling in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.
"Turkey’s Attitude to the problems in the Eastern Mediterranean known. The first steps for their solution is the establishment of a cooperation mechanism in the area of equitable sharing of hydrocarbon resources between the two peoples of the island, reopening channels of dialogue with Turkey, creating an atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation in the region without preconditions" – said in a statement axoa.
According to him, the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean may only be terminated in the adoption of this approach by all parties.
The government of the Republic of Cyprus declares on the continuing violation by Turkey of sovereign rights of Cyprus. In particular, Ankara is currently drilling in the Maritime zones of Cyprus and conducts seismic surveys in the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf of Cyprus in violation of his sovereign rights. The EU has repeatedly condemned these actions. Turkey says it will not stop exploration and drilling offshore Cyprus. The EU has imposed individual sanctions against individuals and companies involved in the drilling, which include the freezing of assets and travel ban in the countries of the Union.