Under the disguise that it could soon be carrying out some naval exercises, issued a new Navtex on Feb. 21, a day before the termination of the previous identical Navtex on Feb. 22.

The move aimed to demonstrate ’s resolute position to stop unilateral offshore Greek Cypriot hydrocarbon explorations. As happened during previous smaller or bigger standoffs between the two sides over the partnership rights of in the natural resources on and off the island, stood tall with the Turkish Cypriot people.

This “adamancy vs. adamancy” or “provocation vs. provocation” approach cannot bring good results to anyone. Some may think that ignoring the provocative unilateral actions by the Greek Cypriot side, ignoring the partnership rights of the and asking now to withdraw its vessels and allow for by Saipem 12000 drillship of the Italian firm inside the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). But achieving it might require a miracle.

The membership unilaterally granted to in 2004, days after the Greek Cypriots rejected a U.N. settlement plan – as well as the global silence to the usurpation of all Turkish Cypriot partnership rights on , including natural resources of the island – has made Greek Cypriots more stubborn and rendered a settlement almost impossible.

Of course, the Greek Cypriot side could continue like this, refusing to accept the partnership rights of the and insisting on holding hostage. But what will it be its eventual red? Palliative successes might be achieved but every foolish Greek Cypriot action has ultimately proven very costly to Greek Cypriots.

But there are ways out of this situation. Two were suggested by the back in 2012. Then Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu understood that both sides on the divided island must halt plans for offshore gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean until they have reached a settlement. During talks with the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York, Eroğlu suggested the establishment of an ad-hoc committee, made up of an equal number of Greek and and a U.N. liaison, to meet to give approvals and licenses for all drills.

The creation of such a committee for joint exploration, drilling and sale of the island’s hydrocarbon riches through was itself a revolutionary and constructive idea. If the Greek Cypriots were sincere regarding the partnership of the two people in natural resources then the idea could have taken off. What’s more, the 2012 Turkish Cypriot proposal suggested the creation of a fund with the money to finance a political settlement to the problem. Was not obscurity in the financing of a settlement one of the major reasons why the Greek Cypriots said “No” in the 20014 referendum on a U.N.-brokered resolution plan?

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