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Deputy PM Özersay sends letter to UNSG Guterres

Deputy PM Özersay sends letter to UNSG Guterres

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay on Wednesday sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcoming the mentioning in the latest United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) report that political positions such as recognition did not constitute an obstacle for cooperation.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay on Wednesday sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcoming the mentioning in the latest United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) report that political positions such as recognition did not constitute an obstacle for cooperation.

According to a press release from the Turkish Cypriot foreign ministry, Özersay also expressed his office’s readiness to take steps towards realizing the calls for cooperation made in the report.

He said that the call made both in the report and the UN Security Council (UNSG) resolutions for reducing tensions over hydrocarbons was, in fact, a call for both sides to cooperate.

Özersay added that the Turkish Cypriot side remained open to these calls and pointed out that the July 2019 proposal for the co-management of the island’s offshore resources was still valid.

He pointed out in the letter that both the international community and the Greek Cypriot side openly recognized that Turkish Cypriots, as co-owners of the island, had rights over Cyprus’s hydrocarbons.

“In light of this fact, all decisions concerning the hydrocarbon resources must be taken jointly by the two sides. If the international community is sincere on this issue it must without further delay encourage the Greek Cypriot side to approach this issue through diplomacy and cooperation,” he said.

In addition to other observations, Özersay reminded in his letter that UNFICYP needed to acquire the consent of the Turkish Cypriot side in order to conduct its operations on the island.

“UNFICYP is currently able to operate in the north of the island through the goodwill of the Turkish Cypriot side,” he added.

source: BRTK


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