The UN are monitoring closely energy developments in Cyprus

The United Nations are monitoring closely developments regarding the issue of gas exploration in Cyprus.

The remark was made by Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq when asked to give the UN’s position to Cyprus’ decision to go forward with the gas exploration which is something that Turkey has opposed.

A PIO press release said Haq replied concerning the issue of gas exploration, were monitoring developments closely. Its not generally for the Secretary-General or for the UN Secretariat to interpret the rights of Member States under the treaties to which they are party or under general international law.

Haq added, we trust that the relevant countries would avoid raising unnecessary tensions around the issue of exploration of hydrocarbons and seek a solution to their differences through dialogue.

On 26/6 the Republic of Cyprus issued a directive to seafarers (NAVTEX 240/17), saying that drilling operation will be conducted in an area bounded by the drilling ship West Capella, from the 10th of July 2017 until 15th of October 2017.

The rights on Block 11 were assigned by the Republic of Cyprus to Total back in 2013 at the conclusion of the second international bid round held by the country. Total decided to extend the lease of Block 11, re-evaluating its geophysical model in view of the discovery of Egypt’s giant Zohr field only about 6km away from the boundary of Block 11.

Source: Cyprus News Agency