Aphrodite’s Gift: Can Cypriot Gas Power a New Dialogue? avril 2, 2012Posted by Acturca in Energie, Europe du Sud-Est, Turquie, Turquie-UE, UE.
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Europe Report (International Crisis Group) N° 216, 26 p.
Nicosia/Istanbul/Brussels, 2 April 2012
Eastern Mediterranean tensions have risen since late 2011, when Greek Cypriots unilaterally began drilling in their rich offshore hydrocarbon reserves and Turkey responded with tough criticism and threatening naval manoeuvres. Contested maritime boundaries and exploration of natural gas deposits off the divided island are the sources of the current dispute, but tensions also result from the slowdown of UN-mediated Cyprus reunification talks. A paradigm shift is needed. The gas can drive the communities further apart and increase discords, or it can provide an opportunity for officials from all sides, including Turkey, to sit down and reach agreements on the exploitation and transportation of this new find.
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