Çavuşoğlu: “Greek Cypriot side’s exploring natural gas while negotiations were going on is not sign of good will”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Greek Cypriots’ exploring natural gas while the negotiations were going on in the island is not a sign of good will.
On a TV program Çavuşoğlu answered questions and said exploration studies in the Eastern Mediterranean have no validity and added that those countries have made such an initiative due to their current conjuncture. Çavuşoğlu added “We have warned before that if they announce an exclusive economic zone, we will send our vessels there. Their steps do not contribute to a solution”.
Hochstein: “Cooperation in natural gas is for the benefit of all countries in the region”
U.S. State Department International Energy Coordinator and Acting Special Envoy Amos J. Hochestein who is also in charge of the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) stated that the best way to make good use of natural resources for the Eastern Mediterranean countries is cooperation.
Reminding that Western Europe experienced natural gas shortages during 2006-2009 due to the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, Hochestein indicated that Eastern Mediterranean countries should make good use of the new natural resources and they should comprehend that the cooperation in the region is worldwide.
Answering a question about the most favourable way to transfer natural gas to Europe Hochestein said that the issue should be evaluated among the countries involved namely, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and most probably Lebanon in the future and added that at present interests of these countries are parallel.