Sources from Nicosia express the belief that the alert for the Turkish drilling rig “Abdulhamit Khan” has not ended.
Ankara’s new drilling rig, it was found, initially started working inside the Turkish continental shelf. Ankara’s defiant tones, however, do not allow complacency in Athens and Nicosia, as it insists on questioning the sovereign rights of the Aegean, with extreme references to the Asia Minor Disaster.
A publication of the Cypriot newspaper Phileleftheros states that Ankara intends to start “games” with the drilling rig inside the Cypriot EEZ.
“The second trip of the new Turkish drilling rig, Abdulhamit Khan, will, according to information, be in the Cypriot EEZ, specifically at the border of sea blocks 6 and 7 in their northern part,” the report states. The “Liberal” points out that Ankara has data that confirms the existence of natural gas deposits in this area and that Erdogan’s plan “is on the one hand to expand by implementing the… vision of the “Blue Homeland” and at the same time that the drilling works” .
According to the same publication, it is now clear that when Erdogan claims that Turkey will become an energy hub, he means it. “And this means that he is also looking for “his” natural gas. It should be noted that the Turkish President recently referred to the fact that by 2023 Turkey will have found natural gas and oil. The reference to 2023 is not accidental, it is a year of elections and big celebrations for the 100 years of the Turkish state”, points out the “Liberal” of Cyprus.
The Dendias message: “Greece will continue to be on the side of the Republic of Cyprus”
In his message yesterday, on the occasion of the completion of 48 years since the second phase of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, underlined that “Nicosia cannot remain the only divided capital of Europe”.
The Cyprus problem remains an unresolved issue of illegal occupation, despite the successive decisions of the United Nations Security Council and global condemnation, emphasizes the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, adding that the only solution is the Bi-Community Bizonal Federation, within the framework defined by the relevant decisions of the Security Council.
Also, Nikos Dendias explained that Greece will continue to stand by the side of the Republic of Cyprus as always and that Nicosia cannot remain the only divided capital of Europe.
In favor of the reunification of Cyprus, with the amicable symbiosis of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the message of Nikos Anastasiadis.
“48 years that Turkey and its settlers here insist on occupying and violating the rights of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and their desire to live in a country free from occupation troops and reunited,” the president of the Republic of Cyprus posted on his Twitter account .
The opposition demands immediate withdrawal of the occupying forces and a solution based on the UN decisions.
“Hundreds of thousands of Greek Cypriots were displaced and thousands were killed or written on the lists of the missing. We are fighting against the Turkish achievements by claiming a solution based on the UN resolutions”, says the secretary of PASOK-Movement for Change Andreas Spyropoulos.