UNSG following developments in Cyprus’ EEZ with concern 1

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is monitoring developments following Turkey`s decision to send ships for drilling operations around Cyprus with concern, his spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has said, adding that “the Secretary-General urges efforts to be made to reduce tensions.”

Speaking during his regular briefing, Dujarric noted that “regarding Turkey’s decision to send ships to begin offshore drilling operations around Cyprus, the Secretary-General is monitoring the developments closely with concern.”

“Our position on hydrocarbons exploration has not changed. Offshore hydrocarbons have the potential to benefit both communities in Cyprus,” he added.

He noted that the Secretary-General recalls that the Greek Cypriot leader and the Turkish Cypriot leader have previously agreed in their negotiations that natural resources in a unified Cyprus would lie within the competence of the future federal government.

“The Secretary-General urges efforts to be made to reduce tensions,” he concluded.

Turkey has issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Drillship “Fatih” is in an area west of the Akamas peninsula within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.