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Turkey will be the primary user of Cyprus gas

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu highlighted the importance of the use of Cyrpus' natural resources for peace, adding that Turkey would be the primary user of gas coming out of the divided island.

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Davutoglu made the remarks in a speech at the closing session of the sixth Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul.

"Everyone will gain in Cyprus if both sides accept that natural sources around the island belong to all sides. Peace should be achieved without delay," he said. He called for restarting negotiations over the issue. "Let's use this opportunity for the solution of this issue," he said.

The prime minister also referred to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline spanning the Caspian and the Mediterranean, calling on Armenia to "remain peaceful" when Caspian oil gets transferred to Europe.

"Energy is a great value for us; it should be used for the prosperity of humanity. When it is used as a tool for conflict, there will be no winners in the long term," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu also said energy-related issues would top Turkey's agenda during its G20 presidency term.

Turkey is set to take over the 2015 term-presidency of the G20 group in December.


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