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Agreement gets US and UK backing Cyprus February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Oil Crisis.

The U.S. and Britain backed the right of Cyprus to make international agreements with other countries but said the oil and gas row highlighted the need to move forward with a Cyprus solution.

A statement made by the British High Commission to state television said it would be regrettable if the search for oil were to deepen the divide between the two communities on the island.

“We hope an early solution to the Cyprus problem will allow all Cypriots to benefit from Cyprus’ mineral wealth and the UK supports all efforts to that end,” the High Commission said.

“In the meantime the legal personality of the Republic of Cyprus and its rights under international law are not in doubt”.

The US Embassy in Nicosia said there existed the sovereign government of the Republic of Cyprus and there existed an entire island that has acceded to the EU with the acquis suspended in the north.

“It’s important that whatever sort of development occurs in the offshore area on the continental shelf be done in a way that enhances prospects for reunification rather than creating greater animosity between the two sides,” said the statement. “This dispute demonstrates once again why it is important for the Cyprus to be resolved as soon as possible.”

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