ENERGY: Cyprus policy to turn East Med into safe supply route

Nicosia’s strategic objective is to transform the Eastern Mediterranean from a region of conflict into one of stability, security, development and prosperity, said Cyprus Defence Minister Savvas Angelides.

He was addressing an audience of diplomats and defence and security experts at London’s RUSI on during his two-day official visit to the UK.

Angelides is also meet his British counterpart Gavin Williamson on Thursday.

The Minister argued that the catalytic role that Cyprus has to play in the wider Eastern Mediterranean, acts as a natural bridge between the EU and the region.

Cyprus strives to play a constructive role in the region, by being part of the solution and not part of the problem, said Angelides.

Referring to the hydrocarbon reserves discovered in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, he stressed that they constitute a significant factor in guaranteeing the EU’s future energy security, through diversification of energy supplies.

One of the strategic priorities of the Republic of Cyprus has been for the EU to focus more attention on the energy dynamics of the Eastern Mediterranean. The European Commission is already well aware of this dimension, since it has included the EastMed pipeline in its priorities.

He also made special reference to the tripartite partnerships with neighbouring countries that enhance both Cyprus’s and the EU’s status in the region, as well as the partnership with international energy giants such as ExxonMobil, ENI, Total, Noble and Shell.

Their presence and operations in the Cypriot maritime zones are a vote of confidence both to the prospects of new hydrocarbon discoveries and to the Government of the Republic of Cyprus itself, Angelides said.

He added: Cyprus has managed to become a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean through a network of tripartite partnerships and synergies, our active role in the security initiatives of the European Union as is the case with PESCO, but also with other initiatives such as MED 7, which include a wide range of areas, from political and economic cooperation to security, culture, innovation and education.

On Turkey being opposed the Cyprus’ energy search, Angelides said: It is clear that the strategic and geopolitical importance of Cyprus creates opportunities for alliances; alliances which will allow us to achieve our goals and address the challenges of Turkey on a diplomatic level.

On his meeting with Williamson he commented: Meeting with my UK counterpart is tangible evidence of our close and friendly relations and constitutes proof of the willingness of our countries to further strengthen and develop our relations in the fields of security and defence.

Source: The Financial Mirror

ENERGY: Cyprus policy to turn East Med into safe supply route

Nicosia’s strategic objective is to transform the Eastern Mediterranean from a region of conflict into one of stability, security, development and prosperity, said Cyprus Defence Minister Savvas Angelides.

He was addressing an audience of diplomats and defence and security experts at London’s RUSI on during his two-day official visit to the UK.

Angelides is also meet his British counterpart Gavin Williamson on Thursday.

The Minister argued that the catalytic role that Cyprus has to play in the wider Eastern Mediterranean, acts as a natural bridge between the EU and the region.

Cyprus strives to play a constructive role in the region, by being part of the solution and not part of the problem, said Angelides.

Referring to the hydrocarbon reserves discovered in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, he stressed that they constitute a significant factor in guaranteeing the EU’s future energy security, through diversification of energy supplies.

One of the strategic priorities of the Republic of Cyprus has been for the EU to focus more attention on the energy dynamics of the Eastern Mediterranean. The European Commission is already well aware of this dimension, since it has included the EastMed pipeline in its priorities.

He also made special reference to the tripartite partnerships with neighbouring countries that enhance both Cyprus’s and the EU’s status in the region, as well as the partnership with international energy giants such as ExxonMobil, ENI, Total, Noble and Shell.

Their presence and operations in the Cypriot maritime zones are a vote of confidence both to the prospects of new hydrocarbon discoveries and to the Government of the Republic of Cyprus itself, Angelides said.

He added: Cyprus has managed to become a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean through a network of tripartite partnerships and synergies, our active role in the security initiatives of the European Union as is the case with PESCO, but also with other initiatives such as MED 7, which include a wide range of areas, from political and economic cooperation to security, culture, innovation and education.

On Turkey being opposed the Cyprus’ energy search, Angelides said: It is clear that the strategic and geopolitical importance of Cyprus creates opportunities for alliances; alliances which will allow us to achieve our goals and address the challenges of Turkey on a diplomatic level.

On his meeting with Williamson he commented: Meeting with my UK counterpart is tangible evidence of our close and friendly relations and constitutes proof of the willingness of our countries to further strengthen and develop our relations in the fields of security and defence.

Source: The Financial Mirror