“SAIPEM 10000” drillship, which has been operating around the Island of Cyprus as part of the Greek Cypriot hydrocarbon exploitation activities, has sailed away from the region of its operation earlier today.

Following this development, seismic research vessel “Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa” is also departing from the region.

Encouraged by the window of opportunity resulting from these developments, we expect the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiation table without further delay, with a view to achieving progress in the settlement talks in line with the principles and objectives established in the 11 February 2014 Joint Statement.