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Talk to the hand: Cyprus to block Turkey-EU energy talks

Talk to the hand: Cyprus to block Turkey-EU energy talks

Cyprus will try to block Turkey from any entry talks unless obstruction of Cypriot offshore drilling efforts ends. But it looks like Turkey’s got its focus on other matters anyway.

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September 14, 2011 4:13 by



…the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides in 2008, while the drilling coincides with a major push from the United Nations to resolve the Cyprus conflict by mid-2012.

Timing of the drilling itself, however, is unrelated to the Cyprus talks and stipulated in contractual obligations between Cyprus and Noble, the US company poised to launch an exploratory drill in one offshore sector southeast of Cyprus around the beginning of October.

Cypriot President Demetris Christofias on Tuesday denounced what he said were Turkish threats and said the island would press ahead with drilling as its sovereign right.

Noble reported a massive gas discovery off Israel, and close to the Cypriot field, last year.



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