President Derviş Eroğlu has sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for the resumption of negotiations with the Greek Cypriot government, Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ reports.
In a statement issued by the President’s office on 18th October, Eroğlu called on the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table.
The letter follows the suspension of talks by Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on 8th October after Turkey sent a naval frigate to monitor an Eni-KOGAS drilling operation offshore Cyprus.
Negotiations are the only way to reach a solution,” said Eroğlu, calling for a return to the negotiating table to reach a “fair, sustainable and negotiated solution.”
Both the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot governments have expressed strong opposition to any unilateral move by the Greek Cypriots to explore hydrocarbon resources around the island, saying natural resources should be exploited in a fair manner under a united Cyprus.