Peace talks prospect in Erdogan’s hands

The United Nations as well as officials of both the British and the United States government are upbeat that talks on the Cyprus problem will resume despite concerns that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will send another search vessel into Cyprus’ waters.

President Nicos Anastasiades has walked out on talks with the Turkish Cypriot community after Turkey had ordered a seismic search vessel ‘Barbaros’ to prowl for gas reserves within the island’s exclusive economic zone.

The move was seen as provocative and a blatant violation of Cyprus’ sovereign rights while Turkey had argued that they were simply looking out for the interests of the Turkish Cypriots who Erdogan said had a right to any of the island’s natural wealth.

Foreign officials and diplomats have in the last week been in constant contact with both Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Feridun Sinirlioglu who is the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.

But the same diplomatic sources from Phileleftheros claim that the ball is in the park of Erdogan who could blow the talks into the air should he order a second Turkish vessel, named the Turkuaz, to enter Cyprus waters.


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