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Greek Cypriot FM Marcoullis (R) speaks during a press conference. AP photo

Greek Cypriot FM Marcoullis (R) speaks during a press conference. AP photo

The Greek Cyprus foreign minister held meetings in the United States to raise support for Greek Cyprus’ natural gas research in the eastern Mediterranean.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s energy minister said partnering with Greek Cyprus on a natural gas project was only possible if it were part of the peace process and if the island’s Turkish part benefited from it, the Associated Press reported.

Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 20, asking the U.S. to increase pressure on Turkey and Turkish Cyprus on the issue of the Cyprus problem, Anatolia news agency reported.

Marcoullis said Clinton has given support to their stance and “understood the problems Greek Cyprus was going through in its peace talks with the Turkish side,” Greek radio reported.

Marcoullis and Clinton discussed issues including the Cyprus problem, ongoing peace talks between the Turkish and Greek sides of the island, natural gas research and cooperation with Israel and the U.S.
Turkey could consider partnering with Greek Cyprus on a natural gas project that included a share of benefits with the northern part of the island, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said. This was supported by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan beforehand, he said.

December/22/2011

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Chris Green

12/30/2011 1:58:56 PM

Mr Peter, Turkey basically have now annexed the TRNC; who is going to remove them? not you Greeks for sure! You tried, remember, and lost heavily as would be the case again: Wider Med interests mean Turkey will maintain a permanent garrison in KKTC

Peter Panayiotou

12/28/2011 3:51:12 PM

Turkey will not /cannot annex part of Cyprus. That act is totally illegal. The Turkish establishment are no fools when it comes to balancing risks and rewards. So Mr Green it is not going to happen.

Chris Green

12/28/2011 12:49:37 PM

The win-win will be the creation of the 82nd State at roughly the same time that south Cyprus takes the EU Presidency; win:win that is for Turkey and the Northern Cyprus!

Peter Panayiotou

12/28/2011 2:21:49 AM

The Cyprus issue does not add any value to Turkey's interests. It is distracting, impeding and expensive and what benefits does it bring? I believe the establishment is looking for a way out that allows it to claim a win win for both sides.

Chris Green

12/23/2011 7:19:36 PM

In fact, it could be argued Ahmetcan, that although the Greeks gave the world democracy (c1500BC) they are in fact and in reality a Theocracy for nothing they do moves with out the say so of the Orthodox church!

ealsho@eartlink.net tango73

12/23/2011 6:41:52 PM

If N Cyprus would discover the gas that will be good news, but because the south have it they cannot use it. Turkey said so.

Ahmetcan Caglayan

12/22/2011 8:10:44 PM

@Christoph, you forget the Greeks are not part of the "big boy club". Turkish foreign policy is what got its economy at a 7% growth/year. How's Greece doing? Americans support Turkey because it's a model for Democracy and stability, Greece has none.

Christoph

12/22/2011 5:22:17 AM

Washington supports completely the right of Cyprus to explore for gas in it's own EEZ, as does the EU. Once again Turkey's foreign policy is out of step with the world powers. Another defeat for FM Davutoglu!

Chris Green

12/22/2011 1:38:16 AM

The Greeks/GC's are eliciting support of the big boys forgetting they ave already done a deal with the Russians for precisely the same prize! Cyprus is permanently divided and that will be an end of the matter within 6 months!
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