ATHENS (Reuters) – Cyprus on Friday mentioned Turkey’s motion in sending a drill ship to an space Nicosia has licensed for offshore hydrocarbons exploration was a ‘extreme escalation’ of what it referred to as Ankara’s violations of the island’s sovereign rights.
FILE PHOTO: Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is escorted by Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gemlik (F-492) within the jap Mediterranean Sea off Cyprus, August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Picture
Turkey has despatched an oil and gasoline drilling ship to waters off southern Cyprus the place Greek Cypriot authorities have already awarded exploration rights to Italian and French firms.
In a strongly-worded assertion, the Cypriot presidency accused Turkey of ‘bullying techniques of an period lengthy gone’ and referred to as on Turkey to withdraw its belongings from the world.
“This new provocation is exemplary of Turkey’s defiance of the European Union’s, and the worldwide neighborhood’s, repeated calls to stop its unlawful actions,” it mentioned.
The assertion additionally urged Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to discover and exploit its pure sources inside its maritime zones.
“It’s yet one more proof of the totally provocative and aggressive habits of Ankara, which has chosen to speedily and irreversibly depart from worldwide legality, thus placing safety and stability within the Jap Mediterranean in danger.”
On Friday morning the drill ship, the Yavuz, had stopped about 51 nautical miles southwest of Cyprus.
Turkey has already drilled two wells in waters to the island’s east and west, triggering robust protests from Nicosia and the European Union.
Turkey says a few of the areas the place Cyprus is exploring are both by itself continental shelf, or in zones the place Turkish Cypriots have equal rights over any finds with Greek Cypriots.
The island was break up in a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a quick Greek-inspired coup.
The internationally acknowledged Greek Cypriot authorities represents Cyprus within the European Union, whereas a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state within the north is acknowledged solely by Ankara.
Reporting by Michele Kambas; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez