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Offshore gas could solve Cypriot territory dispute

2 April 2014 Last updated at 11:14 BST

The Cypriot Energy Minister, Giorgos Lakkotrypis, has told the BBC that his country's offshore gas discoveries may give Turkey a powerful incentive to agree a settlement over its longstanding occupation of Northern Cyprus.

Gunboat patrols in Turkish-claimed waters around Cyprus have so far discouraged potential investors in Cypriot gas.

Nigel Cassidy reports.