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For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides said on Tues­day that Ital­ian ex­plo­ration gi­ant ENI will not halt its ex­plo­ration for oil and gas off­shore Cyprus, de­spite provo­ca­tions by Turk­ish ves­sels within the Cyprus ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ).

How­ever, Ka­soulides also ex­pressed his dis­may at the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that has so far failed to call on Turkey to end its vi­o­la­tions.

The Turk­ish seis­mic survey ves­sel ‘Bar­baros’ en­tered the Cyprus EEZ after Ankara is­sued a mar­itime or­der (NAV­TEX) for the area, prompt­ing Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades to sus­pend his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN backed ne­go­ti­a­tions which aim to re­unify the is­land un­der a fed­eral roof.

The ENI/KO­GAS UI­tal­ian-Korean con­sor­tium has been awarded ex­plo­ration li­censes in off­shore blocks 2, 3 and 9, hav­ing al­ready com­pleted two seis­mic sur­veys, and plans to drill six wells in the next 18 months. French To­tal is also ex­pected to start ex­ploratory drilling, while US-based Noble En­ergy and Is­raeli part­ners Delek and Avner have al­ready dis­cov­ered ini­tial de­posits and are ex­plor­ing for more.

Gov­ern­ment spokesman Ni­cos Christodoulides said there can­not be a di­a­logue while Turkey vi­o­lates Cyprus’ sov­er­eign rights, adding that Ankara’s ac­tions prove that she is not in­ter­ested in a so­lu­tion.

Mean­while, MEP Neok­lis Sy­liki­o­tis said that a del­e­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Com­mit­tee which deals with mat­ters of en­ergy se­cu­rity will be pay­ing Cyprus a visit in Septem­ber 2015.

The goal, he said, was to pro­mote Cyprus’ sig­nif­i­cance in Europe’s en­ergy se­cu­rity.

At the same time Sy­liki­o­tis that a pro­posal has been adopted for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of for­mer State Hy­dro­car­bons Company (KRETYK) Pres­i­dent Charles El­li­nas in a EP hear­ing on Novem­ber 5 on en­ergy mat­ters.

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