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June 21, 2013 12:13 pm

Greek Cyprus Signs Energy Deal With Israel in Defiance of Turkey

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The Greek Cypriot cabinet defied Turkey earlier this week, approving plans to sign a deal with a US-Israeli partnership to build a liquefied natural gas plant on the island to exploit untapped energy riches, AFP reported Friday.

Turkey has objected to the plan, saying the resources should be divided between two sides of the separated island.

“The cabinet has approved the decision to sign the memorandum of understanding between Cyprus and companies Noble Energy International (US), Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership for liquefaction terminal for natural gas,” said government spokesman Victor Papadopoulos on June 19.

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The broke Mediterranean island is hoping the untapped offshore energy resources can infuse its faltering economy. It hopes to commercially export its gas by 2020.

Turkey has attacked the Greek Cypriot government claiming it violates rights of the Turkish residents of the island.

The Turkish Foreign ministry said in a statement that Ankara “won’t let the Cypriot issue continue in this way.”

It also said that Turkey is ready to negotiate a two-state solution for the island.

Turkish energy authorities have expressed their belief that the best way for carrying any Mediterranean source – Cypriot or Israeli gas and oil -would be through Turkey and any plan in which Turkey is excluded won’t be considered reasonable.

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  • Hus Djemal

    when people makes comments about others they are actually speaking axact immage of themselves

    • Ebenezer

      This is true only in regard to rabid propagandists and hate-inciters: they measure their enemies by themselves. But that means, Hus, that your comments certainly are true in regard to antisemitism generally, as well as the anti-Israel statements by Erdogan, among others.

      • Hus Djemal

        I agree

      • Hus Djemal

        I agrre Ebenezer. Remember when people makes comments about others they are actually speaking axact immage of themselves. This goes for everyone

  • Mel

    Ever since The Warrior Prophet walked the Earth, every time his disciples (Islam) rear-up on their hind legs, they wave swords of some form, screaming “I SLAM You!”

  • Fred

    The Sultanate of Turkey under Erdogan. Dreams of untrammelled power.

  • Vicki Coghlan

    Turkey should leave Cyprus NOW!!
    Turkey is a parasite!!!

  • Sargent Koranflusher

    The USA is sucking up to the Turkish Islamist government. Both Obama and Bush have done so. The Turks have been given favors by European governments and now their countries are overrun with Moslem separatists. Everyone needs to pull their heads out and rein in their governments.

  • Thomas Georgiades

    For 40 years, Turkey has been profiting from Greek Cypriot properties they stole when they illegally invaded the island in 1974. Not once have they considered the rights of the Greek Cypriots who are the rightful owners. In fact, they declared the illegally occupied areas in the north the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” with its own puppet government. Now they say both sides should “share” in the profits. The truth of the matter is that Turkey is exploiting all Cypriots both Turkish and Greeks. Turkey should remove it’s illegal troops along with the illegal settlers and leave Cyprus to the Cypriots.

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Agree with you Thomas, the Turks should not be there at all, they want to impose the Islamic interest and the Premier of Turkey is on power as he is controlling the political opponent by force and the upraise of the citizen in this day show is color: dictatorship cover by a corrupt democracy. Turkey under the in power government is favoring Islamic extremist.
      As a NATO country is on the edge of the tolerance of the other partner.

    • Thomas is right but he forgets to say that the Turks not only stole Greek-Cypriot property when they invaded the island but also the natural resources and rich agricultural land that are exclusive to the northern part of Cyprus — asbestos mines, copper mines, etc. And now they claim they should get a share in the natural gas! That’s rich! The Turks have never been punished for the invasion and occupation as they should have been. How different to the way Israel is treated for its perfectly legitimate claim to the West Bank.

  • HaroldT

    Turkey’s animosity towards Israel has now come back to bite Ergodan in the behind.

  • Bernard Ross

    turkish con artists led by the clownish buffoon

  • Wolfgang

    Oh my. The Sultan will undoubtedly throw feces at the other members in his AKP cage.

  • LaughingOutLoud

    Last time I checked Cyprus is a sovereign and can act as it pleases within its territory. Also Turkey according to the UN is a foreign occupation power and there are several UN security council resolutions calling for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus and repatriation of refugees. After almost 40 years Turkey is no abiding by these resolutions in complete defiance of law and order.

    I must say Turkey’s reactions are no less than a travesty, indeed not to be taken seriously, as they lack any speck of international legitimacy.