02 February, 2007
British ambassador to Greece Simon Gass on Thursday appealed for respect of international law and an approach to the issue that would recognize the need for finding solutions acceptable to all the sides involved, prompted by Turkey's recent decision to call on Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt to "freeze" an agreement for an 'exclusive economic zone' between those three countries under which Cyprus intends to proceed with the exploration and exploitation of possible fossil fuel reserves in the zone.
Speaking to ANA-MPA in Thessaloniki, Gass said: "I believe that this issue requires much study. Every country has the right to exploit its natural resources. This is provided under international law and this should be respected. I believe that the situation in Cyprus is complex, but adherence to this principal is exceptionally important. Consequently, I believe that all the sides must examine the issue with calm and give a lot of thought before making announcements and statements that could be inflammatory and could make the situation worse. I would, therefore, urge respect of international law and an approach to the problem that recognizes the need for solutions acceptable to all the sides to be found."
Source: Athens News Agency