Cyprus urges Turkey to cooperate on energy, but peace…

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Cyprus’ president has called on Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean’s potential oil and gas wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified.

Speaking at a conference Friday, President Nicos Anastasiades said Cyprus is ready to work with Turkey as part of energy-based partnerships it has built with other neighboring countries. But he said a reunification agreement must come first.

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told the same event that Cyprus wants Turkey to join these partnerships, but that won’t happen if Cyprus remains divided.

Christodoulides said Turkey’s threats against Cyprus’ own energy search won’t draw Cyprus into a discussion disputing its sovereign rights.

U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty said the U.S. believes “military responses to potential commercial disputes are inappropriate.”

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades speaks during The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades speaks during The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades speaks during The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean’s potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades speaks during The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades speaks during The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades speaks during The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean’s potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades adjusts his glasses during his speech at The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades adjusts his glasses during his speech at The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean's potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades adjusts his glasses during his speech at The Economist conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Anastasiades has repeated a call to Turkey to cooperate on exploiting the east Mediterranean’s potential hydrocarbon wealth, as long as the ethnically split island nation is reunified. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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