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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".

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