Sep 19, 2011
Phileleftheros reports that just a few days before exploration drilling for hydrocarbons start, the Cyprus Government has decided to proceed to the second round of licensing for Blocks in its EEZ.
This is expected to be announced in the next few days and will involve the other Blocks of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
According to the paper’s information, President Christofias informed about this decision the party leaders during his informal meeting with them last Friday.
He also briefed them that in the area where the exploration is going to take place three Turkish frigates are patrolling but without causing any problem.
Christofias mentioned that in the northern part of Cyprus all leave of the military personnel has been cancelled.
It is obvious, he said, that the Turks will go ahead with their own explorations west of Cyprus, something which is confirmed by the presence of a Norwegian ship in the area.
Cyprus, he added, is open communication with Greece at all levels and developments are closely monitored.
According to informed sources the view of both the government and the political parties is that Cyprus should start preparing the ground- depending on developments- for recourse to the UNSC in connection with Turkey’s threats.
Nicosia appears to be satisfied with the stand of foreign governments on the issue of exploration drilling....