Turkey vs EU-Greece, 'Cyprus offshore drilling legitimate'

Claims Brussels not impartial

10 July, 14:47

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JULY 10 - Turkey has rejected statements by the EU and Greece that have called its offshore drilling for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus "illegitimate". The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday morning in a statement accused Brussels of not being able to "take on the role of impartial mediator" in the dispute. The ministry noted that the Fatih drilling ship had begun its activities west of the island in early May and confirmed that the Yavuz had just arrived in the offshore area to the east and will conduct exploration activities in the coming days. Nicosia has said that its exclusive economic area is being violated, while Ankara said that it is operating in its own continental platform and that it is defending the rights of the Turkish-Cypriot community in the northern part of the island.

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said that Turkish drilling off Cyprus is of "serious concern" and called the sending of the second ship, the Yavuz, yet another unacceptable escalation. (ANSAmed).

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