US Diplomat Says Cyprus Must Share Energy Finds With Turks

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Jonathan Cohen. (Photo by Eurokinissi, File)

With Turkish warships trying to block foreign energy companies from drilling for oil and gas off the island, Cyprus’ legitimate government should share any potentially lucrative revenus with Turkish-Cypriots unlawfully occupying the northern third, a top US diplomat has said.

Jonathan Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs for the State Department, said the resources should be shared equitably – as Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has already agreed.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish-Cypriot leader said that’s not enough and want the their side directly involved in the licensing and operations and warned they will otherwise conduct drilling on their own although unable so far to find a company willing to do that.

Turkey doesn’t recognize parts of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where drilling will be done and its warships kept the Italian company Eni from reaching waters where it is authorized to be although an American company – with ships from the US Sixth Fleet conducting drills nearby – was able to proceed with operations without being confronted.

Cohen replied in writing to questions concerning Cyprus, submitted by New Jersey Democratic Senator, Bob Menendez, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who had said the US should reassess its relationship with Turkey over Erdogan’s increasing provocations in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.

From 2008-11, Cohen served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Nicosia, the divided Cypriot capital and has extensive experience and knowledge of the country’s troubled history, split since a Turkish invasion in 1974.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved without a vote the confirmation of Cohen, to the full Senate, where he is expected to receive an easy approval. Cohen was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations.

Asked on the role the UN Security Council should play about Turkey’s belligerence in the Aegean and its warships, he said that, “If confirmed, I will continue to support longstanding U.S. policy recognizing the Republic of Cyprus’s right to develop its resources in its EEZ.  The island’s oil and gas resources, like all of its resources, should be equitably shared between both communities on the island in the context of an overall settlement,” the Cyprus Mail said.

The diplomatic answer meant essentially that the US supports Cyprus and Turkey, an important country geo-politically for American interests in the Middle East and the long-running war on terror.

NATO, where the US has particular influence, has said nothing about the Turkish warships – technically part of the defense alliance – harassing a European Union country at the same time Turkey has been trying to join the bloc since 2005 while refusing to recognize Cyprus and barring its ships and planes.

Cohen said he will “discourage any actions or rhetoric that increases tensions,” adding it is “important that the countries in the region continue to create the conditions that will facilitate peaceful economic development and enable companies to operate in a stable and predictable environment. If confirmed, I will urge the Security Council to send the same message.”

He provided no details of what could be done to discourage tensions created by Erdogan who has ignored the US, UN, EU and all critics while ramping up provocations in the seas around Cyprus and Greece – a fellow NATO member.

“Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean is a top priority for the Administration. If confirmed, I would be willing to take steps to enhance the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus. I will continue to support the high-level U.S. engagement with the Republic of Cyprus on the settlement process and on the wide range of other issues of common concern to both countries,” continuing diplomatic boilerplate language that said almost nothing of significance.

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  1. Their you have it….the empire has just told Turkey…. that they recognize the illegal and war crimes occupation of Cyprus by Turkey and the Northern Republic of Cyprus!

    The Fascist Regime of the United States …..leader of Nato, has just declared that Non-Nato member Cyprus must pay tribute to the illegal and unrecognized country of Norther Cyprus!

    The Fascist Regime of the United States…that supports the execution of 61 unarmed Palestinians by Benjamin Netanyahue in the occupied areas of Gaza and the bombardment of the Christians and Muslims of Syria!

    The Fascist Regime of the United States….that Recognized the Fyrom as a Republic, using the identity theft name of Macedonia….which is a felony if someone stole your name in the United States!

    All this because …..Mr. Edrogan, a gold card member of the Organized Crime family of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom….which is the New White Supremacist billionaires club…of nations that represent the latest alliance of degenerates….who have destroyed the lives and cultures of the Middle East …and now are attempting provoke war in Europe ….with their economic sanctions on Russia….based on lies and fabrications, which obligate the countries of Europe to participate in economic warfare against Russia.

    To give you an idea of Fascism…..Germany and Russia have contracted the building of a Gas Pipeline called the Nordstream 2 pipeline that will provide Germany and other parts of Europe with cheap energy supplies and secure the ever increasing demands of Gas for Europe. However, the Regime in Washington opposes this …since, it would allow Russia to have “Influence” in Germany, and therefore, they wish to apply their unilateral sanctions on Russia to Germany! You see….the enemies list of the United States….include Russia, because they are a non- compliant independent country of the interests of the New Neo Nazi regime in Washington! Unfortunately, it appears that Germany…. will fight this ….and as they described …represents blackmail and violations of International laws….. by the United States! Furthermore….not to mention….that the beneficiaries of terminating the pipeline …will be the expensive gas distributors of the U.S oil and gas companies!

    Today, the Neo Nazi’s have now made China ….the prominent threat and enemy of the Unites States…not because they are imminently threatening to attack the U.S. because they represent an independent country with the economic and military clout to compete in the world market, and influence the countries of the world. While Russia …is not a threat to Europe….they are on the enemy list of the U.S, and therefore, will continue to impose their actions on Germany and the rest of Europe!

    Mr. Edrogan fully understands …. how to get what he wants….just start doing what he wants, not Washington, including further developing his relationship with Russia, and becoming more of an adversarial relationship with the purveyor of crimes against humanity…Israel.

    Therefore, what the Greeks of Cyprus and Greece need to do…..is to replace the ruling parties of Greece and Cyprus….who have handed over the sovereignty of Greece and Cyprus, and then take whatever action is needed to unite with Greece, which can be attained with a legitimate referendum vote of the Greek Cypriots of Cyprus! This will make Greece responsible for all the water rights of Greece, but those a part of Cyprus!

    The having done that….stay as member of Nato….and enjoy the illusion that they are somehow protected from attack by this alliance….and do exactly what Turkey does… what ever they want!

    Finally, to all the fraudulent secret society Greek American organizations…who claim to represent the interests of Greece and Cyprus…spare me your indignation over the blasphemy of not following the narratives of these distinguished organizations who are made up of radical Free Masons and John Birchers….who support the “GLORY OF AMERICA” , which is no different than the Germans who supported the “Glory of Germany”

    Michael Gianakos

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