The “foreign minister” in the north, Ozil Nami, told daily Kibris there is no intention to renew an ongoing NAVTEX, which is set to expire April 6.
Nami reportedly said that one of the vessels, Saipem 10000, will head to shore for maintenance and inspection that will last 3 months, and the Turkish Cypriot side will have no reason to issue a new NAVTEX order or send Barbaros into the EEZ again.
Negotiation talks are set to restart in three months, according to Nami. “If the Greek Cypriots start natural gas exploration again, then we will be forced to react accordingly” he said.
Nami also said it is not clear what will be President Anastasiades’ next move, saying there are three possible scenarios on the issue of hydrocarbons: either all sides come together and take joint action, continue their actions separately, or neither side carries on with exploration.