February 13, 2018 / 12:08 PM / a year ago

Cyprus keeps low key on natgas drill standoff, says working to avert crisis

Presidential candidate Nicos Anastasiades talks to the media after casting his ballot, during the second round of the presidential election in Limassol, Cyprus February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus’s president said on Tuesday there was no reason for concern after Turkey obstructed a drill ship searching for gas off the ethnically-split island last weekend.

“There is no cause for anyone to be concerned. This is being handled in a manner to avert any possible crisis which could create problems either to the economy or to the state,” President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters in Nicosia.

Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Cyprus ‘not to overstep the mark’ in exploring for offshore gas, an issue which is a long running feud between the two neighbours.

Anastasiades declined to comment on Erdogan’s remarks.

Reporting By Michele Kambas

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