Cyprus said that the country was trying to boil into an exploratory area, or block, to the south of the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation already licensed to Eni Italian and Total French energy companies.
Turkey’s fourth drilling effort would be since it sent a couple or warship-shortened ferry boats to the west and east of the island in July last year. The second time a Turkish ship boiled into a block licensed for Eni and Total would be marked.
Together, in 7 of the 13 blocks off the South Coast of Cyprus, all energy companies hold licenses to carry out hydrocarbon searches.
Cyprus said Turkey had opted for an independent course of “world illegality” amid growing energy-based alliances between countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has repeated calls from the European Union to end its illegal activities, which it has “provocatively dismissed.”
The EU has also implemented the mechanism for sanctioning the illegal drilling of Cyprus by individuals or companies.
Turkey insists on securing the region’s energy resources, however, its freedoms, and the rights of the catastrophic Turkish Cypriots. It claims it does drilling as part of a deal with Turkish Cypriots.
In 1974, after a coup by union members of Greece, Cyprus was split into Turkey. Also, Turkey is known as a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence in the northern third of the island. Cyprus joined the EU in 2004 but it has become a member of only the southern part of the Icelandic government which has international recognition.
A spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, claimed on Sunday that Turkish Cypriots have as much access as Greek Cypriots to gas reserves on the island and that “no one should question” that Ankara will continue to protect their rights.
Aksoy said that there is still a Turkish Cypriot plan to share future gas revenue. In his strategy to Turkey and Turkish Cypriots, he also blasted the EU for “double standards,” which the bloc has ignored as “existence and rights.”
Turkey’s claims to protect Turkey’s Cypriot rights as “cynical and hypocritical” have been rejected by the government of Cyprus, which claims that Ankara has owned 44% of the exclusive economic area of the Island.
It also states that any gas exploration arrangement with Turkish Cypriots reached by Turkey is legally void under the U.N.