The United Nations is concerned about tensions in the area and does not want to see any incidents, spokesman for the UN Secretary General Stéphane Dujarric said late on Wednesday answering reporters’ questions about the start of drilling in the island’s EEZ.
The West Capella drilling ship arrived in the island’s exclusive economic area early on Wednesday morning and work has begun to install and stabilise a gas drilling platform.
Dujarric was also asked the UNSG’s impression of the recent Cyprus talks that collapsed in Crans-Montana. “It’s clear that the positions from the various parties in Crans-Montana, the differences were wide enough that the conference had had to be closed. The Secretary-General said it himself; the UN remains willing and available and at the disposal of the parties willing to come to an agreement, and our facilitating role stands.”
He said UN Special Adviser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will address the Security Council on the matter next Tuesday.
“Obviously we have to think about the next steps and the parties also, I think is time for reflection for all the parties,” Dujarric added.