Our party’s view regarding hydrocarbon exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean 

Our party’s view regarding hydrocarbon exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean 

Firstly, we would like to express that we are in favor of the bilateral ceasing of hydrocarbon exploration and drilling activities in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus until the two communities of Cyprus (the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot peoples) reach a political consensus. All the natural resources around the Cyprus Island belong to both Turkish and Greek Cypriot peoples, and these resources should be used by them together and simultaneously.

Any initiative other than that carried out by the common political will of the two sides, will lead to a conflict over legitimacy.

Therefore, in Cyprus, no third party including the guarantor states, should act in a manner that might squander the possibility of political settlement on the island. Depending on the possible final agreement in Cyprus, natural resources should be perceived as providing a natural opportunity for regional prosperity, stability and cooperation within the scope of the common will of Cyprus’ both communities.

In this sense, we support Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı’s comprehensive proposal, which he has presented to the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, suggesting "the formation of a joint committee".

Any step that would increase tension and polarization in the region is a mistake. Such tension and polarization would harm the peoples of Cyprus most. All the peoples of Cyprus have equal rights over any resources that may be discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, we must add that it is Turkish Cypriots and the peoples of Cyprus that will suffer the most as a result of any move that will increase the tension and thus make Turkish Cypriots a side in a polarized situation.

It is now necessary to take the steps to start a new term of cooperation between the two sides. This is the only path to ensure regional peace, stability and cooperation.

Therefore, we once more underline that we will not support any approach that will increase tension in the region, and propose and prioritize keeping all political, diplomatic and legal channels of dialogue open.
Fatma Kurtulan & Saruhan Oluç
HDP Parliamentary Group Deputy Chairs
18 July 2019