The EU wants to take over fuel resources in Northern Cyprus

Summary

The EU is attempting to gain control over fuel resources in the Mediterranean via the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). An informal meeting between the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Mustafa Akinci and South Cyprus leader Nikos Anastasiadis will take place to discuss the accession of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by the EU. According to this plan, Turkey would cease to act as guarantor of the TRNC and would remove its troops from there. In consequence, the Cyprus Federation would be established and the Turkish part of Cyprus would also be accepted to the EU.

The aim of this plan is to completely eliminate Northern Cyprus, to get rid of Turkey from there and to enable the delivery of all gas and oil supplies around Cyprus to Europe via Greece.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence provided.

The status of Northern Cyprus as a separate political entity is recognised only by Turkey and Turkey alone. The European Union strongly supports the negotiations on a settlement for Cyprus.

A meeting between the two leaders, Anastasiadis and Akinci, took place on 26 February 2019. It was not part of any negotiations, but rather an informal meeting “where the two, the president together with the Turkish Cypriot leader, will have the chance to discuss all issues that concern them, in a bid to facilitate efforts to formulate the terms of reference.”  The leaders agreed on a series of confidence-building measures (CBMs) but no announcements had been made as regards next steps concerning the negotiations process. Conditions aren't yet ready for a resumption of formal talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus because both sides remain apart on key issues regarding power sharing and security arrangements, Nicos Anastasiades, the island nation's president said in the last meeting of leaders. Moreover, Turkey's president says a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus is "out of the question" unless Greece also agrees to pull out troops.

The European Union strongly supports the negotiations on a settlement for Cyprus and will keep doing so in this crucial phase. The EU, a strong supporter of the UN-facilitated settlement talks, is present as an observer at the Conference with a team that will stay during the entire session of the Conference, providing the expertise of all EU institutions and services.

In 2013, Cyprus had natural gas reserves of 4.54 trillion cubic feet (tcf). According to 2018 news, natural gas reserves in Cyprus could exceed 6 to 8 tcf.

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  • Reported in: Issue 141
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Azerbaijani
  • Country: Turkey
  • Keywords: Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Azerbaijan
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