British minister says 'deplores' any drill close to Cyprus

Reuters , Friday 4 Oct 2019

A British minister on Friday said Britain 'deplored' any drilling in waters close to Cyprus as a row escalated between Nicosia and Turkey, which was poised to start searching for oil and gas south of the island.

"I made it very clear that Great Britain deplores any drilling in waters close to Cyprus but supports Cyprus's right to extract oils in its exclusive economic zone," said British Minister of State for Europe, Christopher Pincher.

Any oil wealth, he said, should be extracted to the benefit of all Cypriots.

Pincher was speaking in Nicosia after a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

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