x

Society

Akinci Says Unified Cyprus Will Be Energy Security World Boon

October 11, 2016

CONSTANTINOPLE – A unified Cyprus will bring the world a parcel of peace and energy security, Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said.

Akinci, speaking at the 23rd World Energy Congress, said he still believes a resolution is in sight to reunify the island divided since an unlawful 1974 invasion by Turkey, which still keeps a standing army in the northern third it occupies.

Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has also sent in – and ordered out – a warship and energy research vessel in Cypriot sovereign waters as the government of President Nicos Anastasiades has leased sea areas to international companies to look for potentially lucrative energy finds.

“Depending on the approach of the Greek Cypriots, it is possible for us to have two federations on both sides of the island in a very short time. Greece, Turkey and the island have the chance of redefining the concept of solidarity,” Akinci said, the Turkish Anadolu News Agency reported.

With regards to natural gas found in the East Mediterranean, Akinci said the majority of energy production was based on fossil raw materials, and stressed the importance of accessing clean and durable energy resources.

“A new energy corridor between the East Mediterranean and Europe through Turkey would be very secure, low cost and efficient. It would not only benefit the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots in Cyprus, or Turkey, but would also be a huge opportunity and potential for a very large geographical area,” he said.

He said there are too many problems with a sub-sea power cable project in the Mediterranean Sea between Israel, Greek Cyprus, Crete and Greece, suggesting an alternative route which is shorter and cheaper.

“The solution to problems on the island will create new horizons that could be opened for all of us in the energy sector.

“The Middle East could be geographically connected to the West via underwater connection through a more feasible project between Israel, possibly the Cyprus Federation, and Turkey,” he said, according to the news agency.

RELATED

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Mitsotakis: Today’s Bill Comes to Define a New Field in Which Everyone Should Move

ATHENS - At the end of August 2022, I announced a legislative initative for the upgrading and modernisation of the protection, the operation of the security agencies and the operation of the communications and after the change in National Intelligence Service's (EYP) leadership and the establishment of double check to the legal intrusions," stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressing the parliament on Thursday during the debate on Justice Minstry's bill on the lifting of the communications confidentiality, cybersecurity and protection of the citizens' personal data.

The Greek Americans travelled to Roosevelt Island Thursday December 8th to face Zum Schneider in game 9 of the EPSL.

Asteras Tripolis New York literally fought to the very end, but fell short at Randall’s Island against Cosmopolitan’s League NY International with a 3-2 loss for the Flamhaft Cup round of 16.

Croatia knocked Brazil out of the World Cup on Friday, beating the five-time champions 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals for the second straight time.

ATHENS - Greek annual inflation rate slowed to 8.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.