Cyprus Blocks Israel-Turkey Gas Pipeline Untill Ankara Mends Ties

After a rapprochement is reached with Ankara, Israel hopes to export gas to Turkey across Cypriot waters. But Cyprus, that doesn’t have diplomatic ties with Turkey, gives a red light.

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REUTERS – Turkey needs to mend relations with Cyprus before the Cypriot government will allow a Turkish-Israel gas pipeline to cross its territory, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

The remarks came a week after Israel and Turkey reached a rapprochement, ending a six-year diplomatic rupture and raising hopes that Israel can reach an agreement to export natural gas from its offshore Mediterranean fields to Turkey. But to reach Turkey a pipeline would have to traverse the territorial waters of Cyprus, which was split into ethnic Greek and Turkish enclaves by a Turkish invasion in 1974.

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