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Tatar blasts Greek Cypriot 'obstruction' in energy talks

Turkish Cypriot Leader urges energy cooperation with Europe via cable


Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar emphasized the importance of energy collaboration with Europe through Turkey during a summit on energy in the Eastern Mediterranean, held at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

Tatar stressed that it's neither logical nor practical for the Greek Cypriot side to reject energy transfer to Europe through Turkey. He argued that the dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean have shifted, advocating for a two-state solution to ensure fair distribution of energy resources.

Asserting maritime and international law as the basis for equitable resource allocation, Tatar highlighted the rights of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkey over 462,000 square kilometers of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), underscoring the significance of rights in the "Blue Homeland."

Regarding the Libyan corridor, now open, Tatar evaluated its impact alongside the TRNC, suggesting that new maps and balances might hinder projects pursued by Southern Cyprus. He accused the Greek Cypriot side of viewing the Mediterranean as a "Greek lake" and attempting to constrain Turkey.

Tatar labeled drilling activities in the Cypriot EEZ by the Republic of Cyprus as "illegal," citing the need for Turkey's approval due to the existence of "two separate states" on the island. He highlighted Cyprus' pivotal position in global trade, stressing that a fair and sustainable solution is vital for energy transit through Turkey to Western markets.

However, Tatar lamented the lack of response from the Greek Cypriot side to his proposal for cooperation on six points, questioning the feasibility of connecting with Greece and financing the multibillion-dollar costs. He reiterated his call for collaboration to resolve Cyprus' energy issues through a cable connection via Turkey, presenting it as a viable option.

Tatar emphasized the environmental and human impact of current oil-based energy production on both sides, contrasting it with positive reception from global and European entities. He noted the Greek Cypriot administration's reluctance to acknowledge the TRNC.

According to Tatar, a resolution to the Cyprus issue is imperative for the fair distribution of Mediterranean resources. He firmly stated that a two-state solution is now the preferred approach, signaling a paradigm shift in the region's dynamics.

[With information sourced from CNA]

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