Cyprus, Turkey and hydrocarbon politics

Recently the Republic of Cyprus celebrated its 51st year of independence from Great Britain. In celebration the government organized official ceremonies and military parades. These were attended by a host of foreign dignitaries, including representatives from Greece and Russia. In addition to the official celebrations AKEL, Cyprus' Communist Party and the party of the current President of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, organized its own mass mobilizations to mark the event and to demonstrate its firm support for the measures of the Christofias government.

While the anniversary of independence would in itself be cause for a national celebration this year's celebration has a larger significance. This is because this year, the anniversary coincides with the start of drilling for natural gas and possible other hydrocarbons in Cypriot waters beneath the Mediterranean. This activity is being carried out in concert with the U.S. based company Nobel Energy. The importance of this discovery cannot be overstated. Sources call it the most significant geostrategic development in the region since the NATO instigated right-wing coup and subsequent Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. As might be expected, certain circles in Turkey are greatly concerned over the prospect of the transformation of Cyprus into a regional energy center.

Among Turkey's claims is that any natural gas extraction would make negotiations to resolve the Turkish occupation of one-third of Cyprus more difficult. It is hard to come up with any rational basis for this claim, and Turkey has not tried to provide one. In fact Cypriot Present Christofias has expressed the belief that this new hydrocarbon wealth will serve as a powerful impetus to the reunification of the country. In partial response Turkey has pushed through an "agreement" with its proxy pseudo-state in the north of Cyprus to allow Turkey to conduct its own explorations in waters between Northern Cyprus and Turkey.

In addition, Turkey has issued a variety of non-specific threats and is currently conducting naval exercises near the area that is the main focus of the current activities. It has also turned up the heat on Greece over a dispute involving sea boundaries.

Commentators believe that these threats are little more then bluster since Cyprus's activities are fully protected by international law and are being carried out within its exclusive economic zone.

Recently the Russian ambassador to Cyprus has reiterated his nation's support for Cyprus's rights, under international law, to exploit the mineral wealth lying beneath its territorial waters. Perhaps affirming this support are reports that Russian naval forces are present in the Mediterranean near Cyprus although this is denied by the Russian ambassador.

In addition to developing its own energy resources Cyprus has signed agreements to transfer Israeli natural gas to Europe. Interests from the EU, Israel and Russia are all clamoring to invest in various aspects of the Cypriot hydrocarbon sector. Thus, the European allies of the U.S., Israel and a U.S.-based company seem to be potentially lining upon the side of Cyprus against Turkish provocations. Turkey runs the risk of antagonizing the U.S. In this light some say Turkey's provocative actions around Cyprus may represent its frustration that it can do nothing of substance to prevent Cyprus's development as an independent energy power.

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  • Turkey's Bullying EU Cyprus Must be Stopped

    During the last fifty years ,Turkey has proven to be the new Ottoman Bully of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus celebrated since Oct 1st 1960 its fifty first anniversary . Cyprus is the only sovereign independent state a long time member of the UN and an EU member state since May 2004 which has been invaded divided,looted ,pillaged and destroyed by Turkey's aggression. No other country in the world recognizes the illegal PSEUDO state which was declared NUL and VOID by UN security Council resolution #541 in 1983 and UN resolution #550 called upon all states noto recognize assist or facilitate it in shape or form . No other nation recognizes PSEUDO Denktas creation other than Its instigator Turkey. Turkey is the one which created It by the force of Attila guns, on stolen properties and houses of Greek Cypriots in 1983, nine years after Attila committed the 1974 illegal invasion and the crime of ethnic cleansing of 200,000 Greek Cypriots . Turkey has no business in stopping the legitimate Republic of Cyprus from exploring its oil and gas hydrocarbons within Cyprus's EEZ. Turkey 's behaviour an old Ottoman Empire attitude, is unjustified wrong and illegal not in line, but in violation of the International law. Turkey ,instead of complying with the countless UN Security council ,and EU resolutions issued for Cyprus,is presently conducting another aggression against the EU Cyprus, while at the same time Turkey seeks to join with EU ,without any consideration threatens EU Cyprus with war and polemic actions against It ,pressuring Cyprus and Israel not to drill for oil and gas in its( EEZ ) Economic Exclusive Zone. With the recent Turkey's actions and threats of war against Cyprus makes it clear beyond any doubt that Turkey , is not a reliable trustworthy and civilized country which can abide and harmonize by the rules of the protocol and join the family of EU civilized nations . Turkey doesn't comply with the rules of the protocol which has violated, time and time again, without putting any afford to solve peacefully any problems in an amicable way ,but insists only on its Turkey's Gun Boat Diplomacy, such a fascist country can never convince EU that is capable for harmonizing with EU in a peaceful manner. It seems that Turkey knows only one thing ,to beat the drums of war against every neighbouring country , without any respect for their rights , and European Union will never accept this fact of Turkey's war paranoia against EU Cyprus ,and more likely EU will be forced to reject Turkey at the end. We believe that Canada and the international community has an obligation to Pressure Turkey to stop Bulling Cyprus and to get its Attila army of occupation and the Hundreds of thousands of Illegal settlers out of EU Republic of Cyprus.
    Sincerely E. Nondas

    Posted by E.Nondas, 10/14/2011 11:57pm (3 years ago)

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