PRESIDENT of Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Toula Onoufriou has protested against the ‘out of programme’ participation of Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Ozdil Nami in a conference in Tel Aviv where she had been invited to deliver a speech.
In a statement read prior to her presentation at the ‘Israel Energy & Business Convention 2014’, Onoufriou said she was “shocked” by the participation of “a so called official from a pseudo state, which is the result of the continuous occupation and invasion of Cyprus by Turkey”.
The CHC president told delegates: “Contrary to what you have heard, all the civilized nations of the international have community condemned Turkey for its illegal actions in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone.”
Onoufriou said the invitation to Nami to take part in the conference and his appearance in the opening session without any reference to this in the conference programme was unacceptable and was not in the spirit of collaboration that has been developed between Cyprus and Israel.
The Cyprus News Agency qualified the comment by saying the conference was not related to, or held under the auspices of the state of Israel but was a private initiative by Eco Energy Financial & Strategic Consulting.