Erdogan’s Advisor Warns South on Hydrocarbons Issue

Turkish President Erdogan’s advisor, Professor Yasin Aktay has “seriously warned the Greek Cypriots” on the hydrocarbons issue.

Aktay told Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’ that “Turkey will definitely not allow developments which harm the rights of the Turkish Cypriots in the area” or “any illegal activity regarding its continental shelf. Let no one try to test Turkey on this issue”, he said.

Referring to the Cyprus talks, Aktay noted that the Greek Cypriot side had caused the failure of the Cyprus Conference in Crans-Montana by submitting “maximalist demands”. “The Greek Cypriot side has come now with a maximalist understanding on the hydrocarbon issue in Eastern Mediterranean. This will not be allowed”, he asserted.

Aktay went on to say that after the Crans-Montana summit further time wasting will not be tolerated in negotiations which will bring no results. He accused the Greek Cypriot side of preventing “a result to come out from this summit, which was the last chance for finding a federal solution to the Cyprus issue”.

Replying to a question, he said that the Turkish drilling vessel will soon launch drilling activities in the Mediterranean “within the legal framework which has been discussed and agreed with the Turkish Cypriot side”.


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