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Israel, Cyprus and Greece

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Submitted by jgets (Greece), Oct 13, 2011 at 14:46

I'm slightly off topic, my apologies.

Some points to further Israel- Cyprus- Greece relations, if I may. Not necessarily in order of importance.

I mention Greece because she is indirectly involved anyway.

Israel should plan on securing non-Muslim oil supplies to offset the probable loss of Azeri oil through the Baku-Cehyan pipeline.

An offer should be made to Egypt to join Israel, Cyprus and Greece to coordinate exploitation of their respective hydrocarbon deposits and jointly develop possible transit routes.

A working group should be established to develop and aquire deep sea pipelaying technology. The major technical obstacle to directly exporting gas to Europe is the depth of the EASTMED. This might be more cost effective than LNG in the long term, though I'm not a technical expert on the issue.

Greece and Cyprus should actively prepare the ground for an Israeli application for EU membership when conditions (read Palestinian problem) permit this.

If the Turkish Cypriots could throw off the yoke of the Turkish motherland, they should be given their fair share of the gas revenues.

Today's Turkey won't be coming around soon. Any belief to the contrary is dangerous wishful thinking, or at best, an outdated view, tainted by a nostalgia for the Generals and the now defunct Israel-Turkey alliance. Any repairs to Turkish-Israeli relations under the AKP will come with a high price tag for Israel.

In terms of security cooperation:

Patience, restraint and perseverance should be exercised.. Turkey will try to provoke incidents to counter the fact that she has no valid arguments concerning her "rights" in the EASTMED.Thereby attempting to change the legal status quo. A tactic she employs in the Aegean.

Contingencies must be ready and made plainly clear to all concerned. If Turkey does not respect international law in regard to the delimitation of Exclusive Economic Zones according to the Law of the Sea treaty, there will be serious consequences. I emphasize "plainly" because all the diplomatic subterfuge and quid pro quo's only encourage Ankara's belligerence and actually furthers her aims.

The successful developments of the gas fields, are in and of themselves, a historical shift the the regional balance of power. They must be secured at all costs.

jgets

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