Even more importantly, these discoveries offer opportunities for creating stability and promoting cooperation in a region that historically has been sensitive and volatile.
Cyprus, Israel and Greece recently signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in energy and water. The three countries are also discussing a project for electricity interconnection. With this project, an underwater electricity cable will link Israel, Cyprus and Greece with the pan-European electricity grid. The project is a private initiative supported by these three countries, as well as by the European Commission.
For the European Union, natural gas from Cyprus — the only EU member in the region — can further promote the twin goals of diversifying energy sources and suppliers. By providing a new and flexible energy stream, Cyprus can contribute to Europe’s energy supplies and security purposes that the United States shares with its western allies, while being a more environmentally-friendly source of energy.
With its know-how and diplomatic support, the United States can help Cyprus to transform the eastern Mediterranean from a source of international instability to a supplier of environmentally friendly and economically sustainable energy.
Yiorgos Lakkotrypis is the minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.