Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Sunday, January 1, 2012
No gas for Turkish Cypriots for now
New test drilling by the US company Noble Energy confirmed last week the existence of a huge natural gas field off the southern coast of Cyprus. The reserves could cover the divided island's energy needs for the next 30 years. Now Turkey has also announced it will carry out test drilling off Cyprus. The liberal daily Phileleftheros nevertheless warns against cooperation with Turkey as long as it occupies the northern part of the country: "Any talk about cooperating with Ankara is premature and dangerous. ... Even the Americans, who make no secret of their sympathy for Turkey, speak merely of the advantages for Turkish Cypriots, not for Turkey. Cyprus' natural resources belong to the Cypriot people. The Turkish Cypriots, who are subjected to the Turkish invaders, of course have the right to a share of the profits from the gas reserves, but not as long as the occupation continues."
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