Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (11.07.17) reports that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the Greek Cypriot side’s “negative attitude” in resolution efforts on the island was to blame for the recent failure of Cyprus peace talks”.
“Unfortunately, a big opportunity was missed in the Eastern Mediterranean last week. Despite our constructive approach and that of 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 claimed in a speech at the opening ceremony of the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.
He added that it was “unacceptable” that energy companies were part of 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 that they could lose a friend like Turkey,” Erdogan said, without specifically naming any companies.
He also stressed that hydrocarbon sources in waters around Cyprus should belong to all sides on the island based on international law.
“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,” Erdogan said.