Milliyet: Eide mediated agreement to suspend drilling in EEZ
UN Secretary General Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has mediated an agreement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot side to avoid tensions due to natural gas exploration, Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported on Wednesday.
According to the article, at the negotiating table, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci reaffirmed the danger for tensions to arise due to the Republic’s natural gas exploration plans.
Eide, Milliyet reported, had to intervene and mediate an agreement to secure assurances from the Greek Cypriot side that they would not move forward with their plans to drill before July 31. He also had to mediate with the Turkish side, where it was agreed that the Turkish vessel ‘Barbaros’ would not enter into the Republic’s territorial water to conduct research.
‘Barbaros’ was previously reported to be planning explorations off of Famagusta Bay. The ship’s exploration in Cyprus’ waters was also the cause of a freeze in negotiations in 2014.
Government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides has denied the newspaper’s article, saying that the Republic’s energy plans will moved forward normally. He also denied that Eide mediated any such agreement.