Kudret Ozersay, Special Representative of President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu, in a written statement said, "If Greek Cypriot side does not shelve their natural gas exploration/extraction works in the south of Cyprus, then Turkish Cypriot side will also make agreements and start petrol and natural gas explorations in the waters of the island".
Referring to the peace talks that started in 2008 to settle the Cyprus problem Ozersay said Greek Cypriot side's decision to go ahead with drilling would feed the mistrust between the communities which was the least desired development.
"Turkish Cypriots will is sine qua non for the future of the island, to create new order and permanent status. Therefore it would be the greatest mistake to act accordingly with the will of only Greek Cypriots on a matter that is related so closely with the future of the island and that could fundamentally affect the future permanent status" Ozersay said.
The Special Representative also said if the Greek Cypriots were to attempt to argue that Turkish Cypriots had no claim because they had established TRNC then the sides had to make a settlement of the debts and the resources that arisen from the 1960 Partnership.
Kudret Ozersay said, "Either due to need for settlement that I mentioned above or as the founding states of 1960 Cyprus Republic, the result does not change; as Turkish Cypriots we have rights and interests at these marine jurisdictions and resources that lay there."