Cyprus protests British comments on offshore gas rights

Cyprus officially protested to Britain on Wednesday over “unacceptable” comments made by a Foreign Office minister that questioned its right to exploit offshore energy reserves while the island remains divided, announced AFP.

“The high commissioner of the United Kingdom has been summoned to the foreign ministry for the necessary representations to his country over the unfortunate statements by the deputy minister,” he told reporters.

Anastasiades said his government would lodge a complaint to British Prime Minister Theresa May over Duncan’s remarks that came as its sought to consolidate international support after a Turkish bid to drill inside the island’s exclusive economic zone.

Cyprus had won backing from fellow European Union member states, including Britain, against Turkey’s bid to drill inside the island’s exclusive economic zone.

Anastasiades said Cyprus has been a strong ally to Britain and shown “unprecedented support” during the Brexit crisis but now London was not following the “correct policy” on the island.

 

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