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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-19

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CLINTON DAVUTOGLU US EEZ
  • [02] NOBLE ENERGY - DRILLING - EEZ
  • [03] PRESIDENT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  • [01] CLINTON DAVUTOGLU US EEZ

    The United States supports the right of the Republic of Cyprus to explore for energy, a senior US official said on Monday, after the conclusion of talks held between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York.

    According to reliable sources, Clinton told her Turkish counterpart during the meeting that the US is against any form of threat or action of war on the matter.

    The US official said that Cyprus has the right to proceed with drilling in its Exclusive Economic Zone, stressing that he does not believe that this interferes with the ongoing UN led Cyprus talks, aiming to resolve the Cyprus problem.

    As regards the Cyprus talks, the US official reiterated his country`s stance, saying that the US supports a solution based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation which will be reached through negotiations.

    During their meeting, Clinton and Davutoglu discussed relations between Turkey and Israel, the Middle East issue, the Cyprus issue and the Turkey - Armenia relations.

    Houston - based company Noble Energy began Sunday night drilling procedures in block 12 in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), to explore and exploit the countrys sub-sea natural resources.

    Cyprus has signed an agreement to delineate the Exclusive Economic Zone with Egypt and Israel with a view to exploit any possible natural gas and oil reserves in its EEZ. A similar agreement was signed with Lebanon but the Lebanese Parliament has not yet ratified it.

    Turkey, which occupies Cyprus northern part since it invaded in 1974, has threatened to deploy warships in the Eastern Mediterranean, if drilling takes places prior to a political settlement in Cyprus.

    [02] NOBLE ENERGY - DRILLING - EEZ

    American company Noble Energy began Sunday night drilling procedures in block 12 in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), to explore and exploit the countrys sub-sea natural resources, Director of Energy Service at the Ministry of Commerce Solon Kassinis confirmed to CNA Monday.

    Kassinis said that drilling takes place on a 24-hour basis and so far things are proceeding well.

    Cyprus has signed an agreement to delineate the Exclusive Economic Zone with Egypt and Israel with a view to exploit any possible natural gas and oil reserves in its EEZ. A similar agreement was signed with Lebanon but the Lebanese Parliament has not yet ratified it.

    Turkey, which occupies Cyprus northern part since it invaded in 1974, has threatened it would deploy warships in the Eastern Mediterranean, if drilling takes places prior to a political settlement in Cyprus.

    Houston-based company Noble Energy has a drilling rig off Cyprus` southern coast. The company has a concession to explore for hydrocarbons in an offshore field in Cyprus` EEZ, south of Cyprus, known as Block 12.

    [03] PRESIDENT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and his entourage arrived on Monday to New York to participate in the UN General Assembly. President Christofias is expected to meet later on Monday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon.

    The Cypriot President, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Markoulli and Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, will address the UN General Assembly on Thursday and hold a series of contacts.

    On Tuesday, September 20, President Christofias will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and will attend a luncheon hosted in his honor by the American-Jewish Committee. On Tuesday evening, the President will attend a dinner, along with Archbishop Demetrios of America.

    On Wednesday, September 21, the President will hold separate meetings with various heads of state and government, on the sidelines of the General Assembly. President Christofias will address the General Assembly on Thursday and then he will talk to the press. in the afternoon, the President will give a lecture at New York University.

    On Friday, September 23, the President will hold meetings with heads of state and he will attend a luncheon in honor of the Permanent Representatives of the UN Security Council five permanent members. Later he will attend the Annual Gala of the Cyprus Federation of America.


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