Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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01 March 2007
US supports rights of Cyprus to its coastal oil, gas reserves
London--"Lobby for Cyprus lauds the recent statement of the American Ambassador to Cyprus regarding the Republic's right to deal with the natural-gas and oil reserves on the sea south of the island," said Nick Kounoupias, Lobby spokesman.

London--"Lobby for Cyprus lauds the recent statement of the American Ambassador to Cyprus regarding the Republic's right to deal with the natural-gas and oil reserves on the sea south of the island," said Nick Kounoupias, Lobby spokesman.

Cyprus recently announced arrangements with Lebanon and Egypt regarding the possible reserves, and Turkey raised objections, explained Kounoupias, "in hopes of asserting its so-called rights but also to legitimise the illegal status of the occupied north of the island,"

"The Republic of Cyprus is a sovereign country and has the right to conclude agreements such as the ones regarding the exploitation of natural gas or oil reserves in its exclusive economic zone," US Ambassador to Cyprus Ronald Schlicher told reporters after a meeting with Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias.

Responding to Turkey's protests on Cyprus's right to exploit possible hydrocarbon reserves in its exclusive economic zone, the Ambassador also said: “It is clear that the Republic of Cyprus is the sovereign authority, they have the right to conclude agreements such as the one concluded."

"By continuing to bolster and support the illegal regime in the north," Kounoupias said, "Turkey continues to deprive the people in the north of all the benefits enjoyed by the citizens of the Republic.  Instead of leaving the north and permitting the reunification of the island, Turkey seeks, by bluster and threat, to demand a share in possible riches to which it has no right."

It is ironic, Kounoupius added, "that though Turkey has enough problems with Cyprus, it seeks to create another problem."  In addition to Turkey's refusal to leave the north and, thus, preventing the unification of the island,  Kounoupias was referring to the refusal by Turkey to abide by the Ankara Protocol, its refusal to recognise the Republic, thus putting into jeopardy Turkey's EU-accension hopes; and to Turkey's refusal to account for the 0000 missing Cypriots following the illegal 1974 invasion; among other issues.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation seeking to reunite Cyprus be demanding the removal of the 40,000-man Turkish Army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the north to change the demographics of the north, and the return of all refugees to their homes.