Cyprus: Fossil Fuels

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Cyprus on assistance with the exploitation of gas and oil off the Cyprus coastline.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

We recognise the Republic of Cyprus's sovereign rights to exploit its natural resources. It remains our position that such resources should be exploited for the benefit of all the communities in Cyprus. Ultimately, the best way of enabling that is through a comprehensive settlement to end the division of the island.

We have discussed with the Government of Cyprus a number of issues related to the development of its hydrocarbon reserves, ranging from support for UK companies bidding for exploration licences or offering other specialist services, to the sharing of expertise in environmental safety, energy security and other areas.

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