We are witnessing a continuation of the unilateral activities in the international arena of the Greek Cypriot administration, under the title of “Republic of Cyprus” which it has usurped since 1963. The latest example of these activities is the preliminary approval of the European Union (EU) to contribute 101 million Euros towards infrastructure works for a project to import liquefied natural gas for electricity production to Southern Cyprus via Greece and other EU countries. We have learned that this project was incepted within the framework of the “Connecting Europe Facility”.
Since the inception of the project, which once again ignores the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot side on the Island, our views regarding this issue were conveyed to the relevant parties and we expressed that we must also be involved in all matters which concern the whole of the Island. However, rather than playing a conciliatory role, the EU is continuing to aid the Greek Cypriot side’s unilateral fait accompli, on this issue as well as all others. This biased and unjust stance of the EU has been serving only to deepen the divide on the Island.
On the other hand, although the UN Secretary General has repeatedly mentioned in his reports on Cyprus that the natural resources around the Island should serve the interests of both sides and that unilateral actions only serve to raise tensions in the region, the Greek Cypriot side continues to sign bilateral and unilateral agreements and carry out hydrocarbons research activities. It should be well known that the Turkish Cypriot side is decisively taking all the necessary precautions, along with Motherland Turkey, with a view to safeguarding its own rights and interests. We would like to take this opportunity to remind that the most practical and cost-efficient way to deliver natural resources to Europe is from Northern Cyprus via Turkey.
We would like to emphasize, once again, our expectation from the European Union to act in a just manner, more balanced towards the two sides, and within the framework of equality. We would also like to reiterate our hope that the EU will take into account the realities and political sensitivities on the Island when taking decisions regarding Cyprus.