Cyprus oil and gas exploration: challenges and opportunities

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Lobby for Cyprus event • Wednesday 17 July 2019

The geostrategic significance of east Mediterranean energy resources and the role of Cyprus. Antonia Dimou will analyse recent offshore hydrocarbon developments, geostrategic and security implications and the role of emerging energy players in the region.  Continue reading

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Open letter: Freedom of Information request to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

 

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Blue line represents EEZ and continental shelf of Republic of Cyprus; green shows Turkish claims to continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea; red shows blocks illegally licensed by the illegal occupation regime in the northern area of Cyprus

Lobby for Cyprus Freedom of Information Request to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs regarding the statement in Parliament by Sir Alan Duncan on Turkey’s illegal operations in the EEZ of Cyprus.  Continue reading

Turkey’s threats to drill in Cyprus’ EEZ: open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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Outer limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone/continental shelf; and hydrocarbon exploration blocks of Republic of Cyprus

Lobby for Cyprus open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The UK must take a more principled stance regarding Turkey’s threats to drill in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. Continue reading

Incursion into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone: Turkey’s latest invasion

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Exclusive Economic Zone exploration blocks of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey has illegally sent its vessels to plunder Cyprus’ hydrocarbon resources

“Turkey’s latest unlawful incursion into the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus is tantamount to another invasion” said Lobby for Cyprus spokesperson Vangelis Christou.  Continue reading

30 + Beloved Days: UK film screenings

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30 and Beloved Days will be screened on 22, 23, 24, 28 March 2019 at the ArtHouse Crouch End cinema, London

30: The wound that never heals (short film). Cyprus, 1974. Maria is trying to find out anything she can about her son who is on the battlefield. A shocking twist of fate determines the course of the rest of her life.
Beloved Days: When the past inspires the future. In 1970 the people of the Cypriot village of Karmi, which is now under Turkish occupation, participated in an unprecedented experience: the shooting of the film Beloved, alongside a Hollywood cast and crew. Continue reading

From land grab to the pillage of hydrocarbons: Turkey continues its colonial exploitation of Cyprus

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Drilling platform for natural gas extraction in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone © Press and Information Office of the Republic of Cyprus

“True to form as regional bully of the Mediterranean, Turkey recently announced that it plans to send ships to engage in fresh forms of illegality by unlawfully drilling for oil and gas in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus,” said Lobby for Cyprus spokesperson Vangelis Christou.  Continue reading

Paving the way for segregation in the Republic of Cyprus: 60 years since the London Agreement 

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The last Governor of Cyprus Sir Hugh Foot, Archbishop Makarios and Dr Fazil Kutchuck sign the Treaty of Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, 16 August 1960 © Press and Information Office of the Republic of Cyprus

19 February marks the passage of 60 years since the London Agreement was initialled at Lancaster House in 1959. In common with so many texts which have come to haunt the Republic of Cyprus, the London Agreement was drafted in secret, in the absence of any public consultation exercise and in line with the interests of foreign powers. Continue reading

Celebrating illegality in Cyprus: Mustafa Akinci, non-‘president’ of a non-entity

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Illegal entity. UN resolutions 541 and 550 are clear. The purported ‘UDI’ of the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus is ‘legally invalid’ and must be withdrawn. © Lobby for Cyprus

On 15 November, Ankara’s mouthpiece in occupied Cyprus Mustafa Akinci ‘celebrated’, as he does every year, the purported establishment of Turkey’s illegal subordinate administration in the northern area of the Republic of Cyprus that Turkish forces arbitrarily seized in 1974.  Continue reading