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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

US gives Turkey a two-word answer on Cyprus

You will recall that Turkey demanded that Noble Energy, a US company, not drill for oil off the southern Mediterranean coast of Cyprus because Turkey occupies the northern portion of that country. Turkey demanded that the US stop Noble from drilling. That demand was so ridiculous that even the Obama administration said no.
“I am not about to give advice to American companies,” U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Frank Ricciardone said in response to a question about whether Washington would urge Noble Energy to stop natural gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Ricciardone only said that Washington would continue supporting Cyprus reunification talks.

The top U.S. envoy made the comments at a press conference with Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız.

“We are aware of Turkey’s stance on this. Regarding the solution in Cyprus, as always, we continue to support the efforts from both parties,” said Ricciardone.

Yıldız told journalists that the situation was not right, and that they did not want any added tension in the region.
No, of course this isn't over yet. As usual, Turkey is convinced of the righteousness of their cause, and will probably take it up with Clinton and Obama.

What could go wrong?

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At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the article; "“I am not about to give advice to American companies,” --------- They just can't help but lie. This whole administration are a bunch of pathetic liars. All this administration has done since it came to power is tell companies what to do.


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