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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-11-23

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  • [01] Cyprus launches 2nd hydrocarbon licensing round
  • [02] Turkey should stop its propaganda
  • [03] Cyprus seeks reelection in IMO Council
  • [04] Household Internet access on the rise

  • [01] Cyprus launches 2nd hydrocarbon licensing round

    Cyprus` Council of Ministers authorised the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Praxoulla Anotoniadou to proceed with all necessary actions for the launching of the second hydrocarbons licensing round offshore Cyprus, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou announced on Wednesday.

    ``With this decision, the government stresses once more its determination to exercise its sovereign rights in the Republic of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in accordance with the international law,`` Stephanou said.

    The Spokesman said the second licensing round will cover the remaining offshore blocks of Cyprus` EEZ, apart from block 12 the license for which has been granted to Houston-based Noble in 2008.

    Replying to questions, Stephanou noted that according to EU directives, the invitation will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, which will take one and a half months, whereas the process will allow three months for the submission of applications, to be evaluated by a consultation committee, which will draft a short list to be submitted to the Minister of Commerce.

    He added that the final decision rests with the Council of Ministers.

    Cyprus granted on October 2008 the exploration license for block 12 to US Noble, which began exploratory drilling on September 18. On November 15, Noble announced that Cyprus Block 12 natural gas gross resources are estimated at 3-10 Trillion cubic feet (tcf) with a 60% probability of geologic success.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Following a decision by Nicosia to begin natural gas and oil exploration in its exclusive economic zone, Ankara has deployed warships in the Eastern Mediterranean and has signed an illegal agreement with the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus to delineate what it calls continental shelf.

    Drilling has already begun and is being carried out by Houston-based Noble Energy, off Cyprus south-eastern coast.

    The government of Cyprus has protested to the UN and the EU Turkeys moves, saying it has a sovereign right to exploit its natural resources, pointing out that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will benefit from any benefits that may come from oil drilling.

    Cyprus has signed an agreement to delineate the Exclusive Economic Zone with Egypt and Israel with a view to exploit any possible natural gas and oil reserves in its EEZ. A similar agreement has been signed with Lebanon but the Lebanese Parliament has not yet ratified it.

    [02] Turkey should stop its propaganda

    Turkey should stop blaming the Greek Cypriot side for not making progress vis-a-vis a Cyprus solution and end its propaganda, aiming to create false impressions, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Wednesday.

    Commenting on statements made by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in London, Stephanou said that the reunification of Cyprus will be possible if Turkey respects international law and ends the illegal occupation of a large part of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, by implementing the Cyprus-related UN resolutions.

    The Government Spokesman, in statements to the Press after the conclusion of todays session of the Ministerial Council, underlined that Turkey continues to violate since 1974 every notion of justice in Cyprus and instead of working in favor of a solution, Ankara promotes the creation of two separate states on the island.

    [03] Cyprus seeks reelection in IMO Council

    Cyprus has once more submitted its candidacy for re-election to the International Maritime Council in category, C`, Minister of Communications and Works Efthemios Flourentzou has said.

    ``Our record and commitment to IMO is well known,`` Flourentzou said addressing the IMO`s 27th Assembly of the organization taking place in London.

    Noting that piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia will be one of the preoccupations of the session, Flourentzou noted that ``Cyprus is seriously concerned by the despicable incidents which occur elsewhere and the unwillingness of the adjacent coastal States to take decisive actions against the perpetrators.``

    He noted that ``Cyprus is of the view that whilst continuing to pay attention to the Somalia-related situations, the Organization should also be focusing in other piracy hot-spots before the emerging trends become a very serious threat to shipping.``

    [04] Household Internet access on the rise

    Households Internet access continues to increase, according to the results of the annual survey Information and Communication Technologies Usage in Households and by Individuals 2011 that has been carried out in Cyprus for eighth consecutive year.

    The results have been announced Wednesday by the Statistical Service (CyStat).

    The survey covered 1.588 households and 3.652 individuals 16 74 years old in the government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus, urban and rural, CyStat says in a press release

    The main results of the survey show that the percentage of households with access to a computer was 63.9% in 2011.

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