Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stated that the Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are annoying yet manageable. The research drilling by ENI-TOTAL companies is proceeding smoothly in block 11 of Cyprus’ EEZ and the drill is expected to reach the natural gas reserve soon.

“The current situation in Cyprus will not last forever”, said on his part Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu, who visited the occupied territory on Tuesday, adding that the proceedings to reach a settlement resulted in failure twice. Referring to the drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ, the head of the Turkish diplomacy said that it is not right for the “Greek Cypriot administration” (as he called the Republic of Cyprus) to unilaterally handle the energy reserves around Cyprus, since the Turkish Cypriot people is also entitled to a part thereof.