Thursday, October 17th | 19 Tishri 5780

November 6, 2014 6:40 pm

Israeli FM Lieberman Affirms Right of Cyprus to Explore for Oil and Gas

avatar by

Cyprus has been split into a Greek and Turkish side since 1974. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman affirmed the right of Cyprus to explore for oil and gas around its shores after meeting with the Cypriot Foreign Minister Loannis Kasoulides.

“We think it’s crucial to respect all international norms and obligations and to act according to acceptable rules in the international community,” Lieberman said.

It is “extremely unnecessary” to create more tension in the Middle East, he added in reference to Turkey’s refusal to recognize the divided Cyprus as sovereign and its opposition to Cypriot gas searching.

Related coverage

October 17, 2019 3:36 pm

After Latest Unity Offer Rejected, Israeli Coalition Talks Remain Stalemated

After a day of speculation, Israel’s centrist Blue and White party rejected a unity government proposal from Prime Minister Benjamin...

Cyprus has been split into Greek and Turkish sides since 1974. Turkey recognizes only Cyprus’s Turkish declaration of independence, and the country still maintains troops on the Island’s north side. The United Nations is facilitating reunification talks between the island’s two sides, but these talks were suspended last month by Cyprus’s Greek president, Nicos Anastasiades, when Turkey carried out a mineral search in Cypriot waters.

Israel also has strained relations with Turkey, and the Jewish state is looking to achieve “tangible results next year” regarding cooperation on gas exploration with Cyprus, Lieberman said, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.