Published by:KP Daily News
Natural gas suggestion from Anastasiades to Eide:”The World Bank should prepare a report.”
It has been alleged that Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades made a suggestion to UN Secretary’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide during their meeting that the World Bank should prepare a natural gas report if the Cyprus Problem negotiations are to continue.
The Simerini newspaper gave the new with the headline; “Report from the World Bank for our natural resources- Probable non-progressive suggestion from Anastasiades to Eide about the natural gas. The newspaper wrote that in response to Espen Barth Eide’s suggestion to form a natural gas committee consisting the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades suggested that the World Bank should prepare a report on this issue.
According to the information gained, the newspaper noted that Anastasiades’ suggestion to Eide was revealed at the Greek Cypriot leader Congress Meeting attended by Greece Prime Minister Adonis Samaras during his visit to south Cyprus. According to the news, Anastasiades’ suggestion consists of model (Ex: Norway Model) reflecting the management of the income obtained by the natural gas, in order for the clarification of the intention of south Cyprus regarding the natural gas, in which Anastasiades allegedly says that “the natural gas in south Cyprus will be used by the future generations” The newspaper wrote that according to a source close to the Greek Cypriot government, Anastasiades with this suggestions is; “trying to reflect the strong desire for a solution of the Cyprus Problem with the other side (Turkish Cypriots) and to eliminate the concerns that the Turkish Cypriots have in which they worry that we would use the natural gas lavishly, hence to leave the natural gas income outside the game of the Turkish Cypriots.”
The newspaper noted that the suggestion of Anastasiades was made after the rejection of Eide’s suggestion and that it has not had an official structure, adding that in the meeting attended to by Samaras, when the suggestion was brought to the agenda, the Greek Cypriot political parties expressed their concerns.
According to the news, especially two political parties have warned that the “preparation of a report by the World Bank, the bias of the named institution and the control of an American guidance makes it include political dangers.” The newspaper wrote that because of reactions a decision was given that Anastasiades will open the issue for discussion at the next national council or council of ministers.