Akinci interview to AP: Natural gas could by an asset in Cyprus

Cyprus’ potential wealth from newly found offshore gas reserves could be used to partly fund a costly deal reunifying the ethnically divided island, the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots told Associated Press in an interview on Monday.

Mustafa Akinci said natural gas could boost energy cooperation between Israel, Cyprus and Turkey and foster peace in a tumultuous region, but warned unilateral drilling by Greek Cypriots could re-ignite tensions.

“Definitely (gas is) going to be an asset, if wisely prepared and conducted in a way not to trigger yet (more) tension in the area,” Akinci said.

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