Eide ‘heated incident’ comment irks Anastasiades

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Eide ‘heated incident’ comment irks Anastasiades
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President Nicos Anastasiades has criticised UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide over comments he made that a heated incident over offshore drilling is possible if peace talks collapse.

“I consider such remarks unacceptable, especially when they are made in the form of a threat…Using threats, instead of objectively stating facts, is the worst recipe, or medicine,” Anastasiades said.

“Even worse is a UN special adviser claiming there might be a possible violation of international law and, instead of taking a stand against this, using the threat as a way of applying pressure,” he added.

Anastasiades was responding to an interview published in Greek daily ‘To Vima’ by Eide who was in Athens on Monday for talks with Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias.

Eide had expressed concern over the possibility of tension escalating during scheduled drilling by international energy firms in Cyprus’ EEZ in July in view of Turkey’s previous provocations under such circumstances.

“It is important for the talks to resume because they are the best medicine against an upcoming crisis,” Eide said.

UN-brokered reunification talks between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci hit a rough patch last week.

Eide had failed in his attempts to broker agreement on the methodology of a possible second ‘Conference On Cyprus’ in Geneva.

The first one was in January with the participation of the divided island’s three guarantors – Greece, Britain and Turkey.

Turkey is the only party insisting that a right of intervention should be maintained.

Anastasiades objected to Eide citing Turkey’s threat that it would “not allow” oil and gas exploration to take place in Cyprus’ EEZ arguing that the Turkish Cypriot community has claims on natural wealth off the island’s coast.

He also objected to Eide’s statement after his meeting with Kotzias that it was up to the two leaders on whether they would go to Geneva or not....


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Eide ‘heated incident’ comment irks Anastasiades


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