France Backs Cyprus’ Search for Gas amid Turkey Opposition

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, right, welcomes his French counterpart Emanuel Macron during the south EU summit in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA (AP) — France’s president says his country fully backs Cyprus’ sovereign right to search for gas off the island nation’s coast amid continued opposition by neighboring Turkey.

Speaking at the end of a southern European summit Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron said that France is “very concerned” about what’s happening in waters around the island and that he conveyed that to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

France’s Total is among several energy companies licensed to search for gas off Cyprus. Turkey says the search breaches its rights and those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to potential hydrocarbon deposits and will conduct its own exploratory drilling around the island.

France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Spain and Cyprus said in a joint declaration that they see the Mediterranean as a “strategic corridor” for conveying gas to Europe.

French President Emanuel Macron, left, chats with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades during the south EU summit in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Cyprus is hosting the leaders of France, Portugal, Malta, Greece, Spain and Italy for the fifth “Med 7” summit. The leaders will discuss issues including Brexit, migration _ which is of particular concern to these front-line states _ and the European Union’s energy security. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, right, and French President Emanuel Macron attend a south EU summit in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Cyprus is hosting the leaders of France, Portugal, Malta, Greece, Spain and Italy for the fifth “Med 7” summit. The leaders will discuss issues including Brexit, migration _ which is of particular concern to these front-line states _ and the European Union’s energy security. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, right, shakes hands with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron during the south EU summit in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Cyprus is hosting the leaders of France, Portugal, Malta, Greece, Spain and Italy for the fifth “Med 7” summit. The leaders will discuss issues including Brexit, migration _ which is of particular concern to these front-line states _ and the European Union’s energy security. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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  1. A picture speaks a thousand words.

    What exactly is Macron backing with Cyprus? the 1960 Republic of Cyprus is a failed state and the south is held under the pretext of doctrine of Necessity when in fact no one at the time had any jurisdiction to make such a ruling.

    What is Macron supporting in Cyprus, Terrorist who committed crimes against humanity , genocide and ethnic cleansing.

    What is Macron supporting in Cyprus? The EU against its own written constitution accepted a divided and war torn territory into its membership further demonstrating the corrupt nature of the organisation and the west. Contrary to the banter being promoted in the west, Cyprus is not a Greek territory and has never been other than in myth where that trail of though resides .

    The south has been supported throughout these years falsely promoting the territory to be Greek, this is indicative of western foreign policy the bias and prejudice.

    What is it that Macron supports? perhaps the whole thing boils down to simple denominators, historic brethren allies who can do no wrong in the eyes of the west ostracising the Turks in a campaign of attrition attempting to ethnically cleanse this community. What ever Macron is supporting its not in the name of Justice.

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