Cyprus promises to share gas proceeds with Turkish north
NICOSIA - Cyprus said on Thursday it was willing to
share the benefits of any gas find with Turkish
Cypriots before reaching a peace deal on the
ethnically split island, in an apparent attempt to
calm tensions with Turkey over Mediterranean energy
Greek Cypriots and their US partner Noble Energy
started drilling south of the island for gas this
week, incurring the wrath of Turkey, which says such
a move deprives Turkish Cypriots of their right to a
share of the proceeds.
Speaking in New York, Cypriot President Demetris
Christofias said he wanted both Greek and Turkish
Cypriot communities to benefit from any find.
"My message to Turkey and to the Turkish Cypriots is
to find a solution as soon as possible, but as
President I guarantee that even before a solution
...that if we have revenue, we will see in which way
we can use the revenues for the benefit of the two
communities. That must be very clear," Christofias
said, according to an official statement.