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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-08-16

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS - OIL - TENDERS - SATISFACTION
  • [02] MARKOULLI - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [03] US TURKEY ARCHBISHOP CHRYSOSTOMOS II

  • [01] CYPRUS - OIL - TENDERS - SATISFACTION

    Cyprus expressed satisfaction for the three applications it received concerning three different exploration blocks for hydrocarbon exploration in its exclusive economic zone.

    An official statement said that a total of three applications for three different exploration blocks were submitted. One application to explore a single exploration block was submitted by a US company. Two applications were submitted by a consortium of three companies from Norway, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

    It further said that the procedure to examine the applications will take place according to the provisions of the relevant law and regulations and is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2007.

    According to the statement, the government, after conducting two-dimensional seismic survey within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus in 2006, proceeded with the demarcation of the area into 13 blocks, of which 11 were offered for the first round of granting licenses to search and exploit possible hydrocarbon reserves.

    The government intention was announced on 4th May 2007 in the Official Gazette of the European Union and on 14th May in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus. The 16th of August 2007 (between 0800-1430 local time) was set as the date to submit applications by companies which would express interest.

    Furthermore, the government said that the interest exhibited is satisfactory and it is expected that during the second round of licenses which is scheduled to take place in 2008, there will be additional available two-dimensional and three-dimensional seismic data of the area and as a result, the interest will be stronger.

    [02] MARKOULLI - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    The Cypriot government insists on creating the preconditions which will contribute to preparing a new round of negotiations to achieve an overall Cyprus settlement, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Marcoulli.

    Speaking at a gathering organised by the Municipal Council of Morphou, to mark the 33rd anniversary since the town was seized by the Turkish army in 1974, Marcoulli said this can only be achieved with the implementation of the July 8 2006 Agreement and through the Gambari process, that is to operate the technical committees and working groups to create the necessary climate and lessen the gap between the positions of the two sides.

    [03] US TURKEY ARCHBISHOP CHRYSOSTOMOS II

    The US State Department expressed great respect for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Chrysostomos II, noting that promotion of religious freedom and human rights are integral to US foreign policy.

    Invited to comment reports that Turkish Authorities denied the head of the Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos IIs request to meet the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Office of the Spokesman of the State Department said earlier this week that the United States has great respect for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is a religious leader of world standing, and for Archbishop Chrysostomos.

    The State Department referred journalists to the Turkish Government for any information on visitors to Turkey.


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