Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cyprus bolsters EU's energy security

The President of the European People's Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens, reacted today to the unprecedented military threats from Turkish officials regarding the start of oil and gas exploration by the Republic of Cyprus in its southmost exclusive economic zone (EEZ), by the American contractor 'Noble':

"I am very surprised by the recent statements of Turkish officials against an EU member state. Turkey, an EU candidate country, must refrain from threats against an EU member state that also undermine EU's energy security," underlined the EPP President.

"Needless to say, Cyprus is a European pilar of stability in the eastern Mediterranean and, as such, will play a central role in bolstering the EU's energy security," President Martens added.

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The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 74 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament, 17 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.

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