Saturday, 21 September, 2019

Turkey has no plans to stop drilling operations near Cyprus

Oil tanker Morning Glory Turkey to Continue Drilling Operations Near Cyprus Despite EU Criticism- Foreign Ministry AFP 2019 MAHMUD TURKIA
Patty Aguilar | 11 July, 2019, 06:43

FILE-In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer patrols the dock, backdropped by the drilling ship "Yavuz" that was dispatched to the Mediterranean, at the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul.

Ankara's Fatih vessel entered Cyprus' exclusive economic zone in the west in May and has started drilling, while a second ship - the Yavuz - was deployed last month to search for oil and gas in the east.

"It has become clear that the European Union is incapable of taking on a role as an impartial mediator in negotiation processes regarding a resolution to the Cyprus problem", the ministry said.

Cyprus has divided its EEZ off its southern coast into 13 blocks, or areas.

European Commission vice president Frederica Mogherini called on Ankara to show good neighbourhood relations by refraining such actions and acting in accordance with the worldwide law.

Cyprus has been split between a Turkish Cypriot north and Greek Cypriot south since 1974 when Turkey sent troops to the island in response to a Greek military coup.

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"As a result, the USA policy on the economic clampdown of Iran negatively affects the IAEA inspections in Iran", Ulyanov said. Wolcott reiterated that Washington believes the deal was ineffective, but remains "open to negotiation without preconditions".

Israel and Egypt are among eastern Mediterranean countries that agreed this year to set up a forum to create a regional gas market and cut infrastructure costs.

European Union diplomats are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss any possible sanctions on Turkey over the drilling before European Union foreign ministers meet on Monday.

Turkey continues violating the sovereignty rights of Cyprus by conducting a new illegal drilling operation on the northeast of the island.

"This provocative step raises tensions in the region", the State Department said late Tuesday.

The full list of sanctions against Turkey by the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) will be presented to the EU member states representatives on Wednesday.

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