Home » World

Cyprus And Turkey Face Off Briefly Over Natural Gas Reserves

16 February, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Anastasiades speaks of regional informal forum as lever for security

A spokesperson for Eni told the Cyprus News Agency that Turkish military ships had interfered with drilling plans in the block using the Saipem 12000 drillship.

Supermajors Eni and Total have made a promising gas discovery offshore Cyprus last week that confirms that the Zohr-like play, where Eni found the biggest gas deposit in the Mediterranean offshore Egypt, extends into the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, the Italian group said.

He said both the government and Eni are focused on ensuring that drilling goes ahead as planned.

Greece accused Turkey of violating worldwide law and said its "provocative conduct" was inconsistent with that of country seeking accession to the EU.

The statement further said that the exploitation of natural resources is also the right of the Turkish Cypriot people, "who are the co-owners of the island".

In the same context, the Cypriot ambassador in Cairo expressed his concern about the Turkish escalation in the Mediterranean Sea and stressed on the Turkish government's inability to threaten the Egyptian-Cypriot interests in the Mediterranean Sea, especially that the agreement between Egypt and Cyprus had been concluded years ago, the gas had been already explored and production was done. The ministry said it undermines "inalienable rights on natural resources of Turkish-Cypriots" and the "stability of the region".

According to a statement from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs published today, the event occurred around midnight on Monday around the island of Imia, known as Kardak in Turkey.

The Commission echoed Mr Tusks' warning, saying: " needs to commit unequivocally to neighbourly relations and avoid any kind of source of friction, threat or action directed against a member state.

Despite being careful to avoid upsetting President Tayyip Erdogan, EU chiefs are now unwilling to grant the migration concession.

Turkey has in the past routinely issued notices binding areas south of Cyprus for naval drills in response to the island nation's hydrocarbons search. In a post on his official Twitter account, Tusk said he spoke to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and called on Turkey to "avoid threats or actions" against European Union members and to commit to "peaceful dispute settlement".



'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Millennium Falcon Lego Set
Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in post-production, but earlier this month, Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Favreau shared a photo of himself on Twitter with Howard and Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan .

Stabenow response to Great Lakes Funding cuts in President Trump's Budget Proposal
President Donald Trump's budget includes no money for so-called Clean Water Act Section 319 programs, which help communities reduce polluted runoff.

Southwest plane passengers forced to evacuate before takeoff at John Wayne Airport
In a statement, the airline said its employees in Orange County were "working diligently" to make accommodations for passengers. Due to a fire believed to be in the auxiliary power unit, the plane's crew chose to evacuate the plane.

SNAP program would be replaced with meal kits, according to Trump's proposal
Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their SNAP benefits . The USDA's budget proposal says that the agency plans for 1.4 million fewer people to receive benefits in 2019.

Chicago Police Commander Shot, Killed in Thompson Center
However, the confrontation quickly became fatal when the gunman opened fire and shot Bauer at least twice in the head. Police warned locals to get off the streets before shots were fired. "There's a radio laying (sic) next to him".

Fifth ODI: SA win toss, elect to bowl against India
Ironically, he was sorely missed in India's defeat at the hands of the Proteas in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg on Saturday. Miller returned to the crease after his reprieve to construct a match-winning partnership of 72 off 43 balls with Klaasen.

Wrapped in symbolism, portraits of the Obama generate reactions found
Once a USA president's term is finished, it's tradition that their official portraits will be revealed to the public. While they were interviewing artists for the portraits, she knew immediately that Sherald, 44, was the one.

Second federal judge halts DACA termination
A second federal judge issued a ruling temporarily blocking the DACA program from ending. The agency had already begun to accept renewal applications under the first court order.

US Airstrikes Kill 100 Russian and Syrian Fighters, Reports Say
The US also shot down a pro-regime drone after it dropped a munition in the vicinity of US troops in Syria. He reported that Russian officials said they wouldn't engage coalition forces in the area of the attack.

EPL: Liverpool humble Southampton 2-0, move to 3rd place
Virgil van Dijk partners Joel Matip in the heart of Liverpool's defence on his return to Southampton on Sunday afternoon. The centre-back turned out 80 times for the St Mary's side before his £75 million transfer to the Reds last month.