Hydrocarbons Issue Could be Solved Before Cyprob

Minister of Economy and Energy Özdil Nami has underlined the importance of introducing a timetable in any future negotiations on the Cyprus Problem and for the talks to be structured in a result oriented manner.

Speaking on the hydrocarbon issue on BRT, The TRNC Economy and Energy Minister said he was ready to talk hydrocarbons with the Greek Cypriot side under UN auspices or at any other venue.

He also said that the Turkish Cypriot side welcomed the idea of bringing electricity to the island from Turkey.

On the Cyprus issue, Nami said that the Greek Cypriot leader was not ready to return to the negotiating table. He said that any future talks on the Cyprus Problem must be subject to a timetable and should be result oriented.

Regarding the hydrocarbons issue, Nami said that the international community supported the idea that any revenues to be generated from the island’s natural resources should be distributed equally to all Cypriots.

The problem we are experiencing is that we have differences with the Greek Cypriot side on how we should be structuring this. The Greek Cypriot side must give the green light to agree on this issue”, he added.

Nami also said that it was possible, as it had been on other issues, to cooperate on the hydrocarbons issue before reaching a settlement on the Cyprus Problem.


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