Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the recent collapse of the Cyprus negotiations at Crans-Montana on the Greek Cypriot side’s “negative attitude”.
“Unfortunately, a big opportunity was missed in the Eastern Mediterranean last week. Despite the constructive approach of us and the Northern Cypriot side, we are saddened over the fact that disagreements on the island were once again left unresolved due to the negative attitude of the Greek Cypriot side,” Erdogan said in speech at the opening ceremony of the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.
He added that it was “unacceptable” that energy companies were taking part in what he called “irresponsible measures” by the Greek Cypriots.
“It is impossible to appreciate that some energy companies are acting with and becoming part of some irresponsible measures taken by the Greek Cypriots. I want to remind them they could lose a friend like Turkey,” Erdoğan said, without specifically naming any companies.
He also stressed that hydrocarbon resources offshore Cyprus should belong to everyone on the island.
“What we expect from anyone who takes sides in the developments in Cyprus is that they should refrain from steps that might pave the way for new tensions in the region,” Erdoğan said.
Last month, Cyprus issued a maritime advisory for a natural gas drill from July to October in a step opposed by Turkey, which challenges the divided island’s jurisdiction to search for hydrocarbons.
Total SA won an offshore exploration license from Cyprus for drilling this year.