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Drilling to proceed as planned

“There are neither pressures being exercised, nor will there be any delay as far as the implementation of the Cyprus Republic drilling program is concerned”, said the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades.

The president was replying to questions posed by reporters at a musical memorial event in memory of the 13 who lost their lives during the explosion on 11 July 2013 at the Evangelos Florakis naval base in Paphos.

Asked if the drilling will go ahead as planned, Anastasiades replied “what do the drilling plans have to do with the fact that Turkey is to blame the collapse of the negotiations? I will address the people on Monday.”

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He refused to comment on a question regarding Turkey’s B plan on the Cyprus problem, repeating that he is to talk on Monday on the issue.

As Nikos Christodoulides, the government’s spokesman, announced through Tweeter, the president is to inform the National Council on the developments in Crans Montana, and then he will be addressing the people.

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