US support securing energy supplies and a Cyprus settlement

A US State Department official reiterated on Thursday USA policy on the Cyprus issue and on the matter of hydrocarbon exploration within Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
"The United States continues to support strongly the efforts of both Cypriot parties to reunify the island into a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation", said the official replying to a question on the matter.
He pointed out that "securing energy supplies through better energy diversity is something that the United States strongly supports", adding that "having a US company involved in developing the energy resources of the Republic of Cyprus is also positive".
This, he added "benefits energy diversity in Europe and energy supplies for the Republic of Cyprus".
"We continue to believe that, in the context of an overall settlement, the island's resources should be equitably shared between both communities," the State Department official concluded.
Recently, senior Turkish government officials have warned that Ankara will not hesitate to deploy warships in the Mediterranean, if the Republic of Cyprus proceeds with the exploitation of its natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

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