Defying Turkey, ExxonMobil Starts Drilling Off Cyprus

FILE - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Francis Fannon, right, welcomes from Cyprus' Energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis for a meeting at the Energy ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA – Ignoring Turkish warnings, ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum began exploratory drilling in Block 10 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with no interference despite bombast from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan it wouldn’t be allowed to happen.

“We are very excited about developments ongoing in the region and we see great promise,” the US Assistant Secretary of State responsible for energy Francis Fannon said after a meeting with Cypriot Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis in Nicosia.

“We view energy as a catalyst for cooperation and economic development to benefit all the people in the region and Cyprus has a meaningful role to that end,” said Fannon, according to Kathimerini.
The Cypriot Energy Ministry said that the Stena-Icemax drillship will drill at the Delphyne-1 site – at a depth of nearly 2 kilometers below the seabed. The operation is set to last for two months and the government is reportedly confident that a large amount of gas reserves will be found.

Turkey said foreign energy companies licensed to drill in Cyprus’ EEZ, parts of which Turkey doesn’t recognize, are trespassing on its rights to hunt there as well and disregarding Turkish-Cypriots who’ve been unlawfully occupying the northern third of the island since a 1974 invasion.

Fannon reiterated Washington’s support for Cyprus’s search for energy resources, adding that future financial gains should be shared between Greek and Turkish Cypriots as part of a reunification deal.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had already agreed to that but Erdogan said it’s not enough and that Turkish-Cypriots have a right to part in the licensing process or they would authorize drilling as well.

Turkey had sent warships off Cyprus previously, scaring off a vessel from the Italian company Eni with no attempt by the Italian Navy to protect it. The Turkish Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa seismic exploration vessel remains in the area, moving between blocks 4 and 5 of Cyprus’s EEZ.

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  1. So , what else is new….. Exxon Mobil…one of the corporate billionaire owners of the U.S government …..has always moved ahead to make their claims to the oil resources of the independent countries of the world … since, they have the junta fully prepared to do so forceably….as we witnessed in Iraq, libya, Syria{ which they now share with ISIS…. the oil fields fo Dezire , Syria…which is the last stronghole of ISIS and the U.S military which the Syrian government is attempting to liberate! And why do you think…… Iran is on the target list of these white supremacist in our government….and why … the U.S government is attempting to black mail every country in the world …to not buy oil and gas …from Russia, Iran , Venezuela .etc etc…all major oil producers…because they are not in control of their oil resources!

    Cyprus legitimate water rights …are now being exploited by the main characters in all the wars of the Middle East and Europe today….the United States, Turkey, Israel , and France!

    Israel is illegally by international laws maintaining an occupation of the Golan Heights …which has oil and gas reserves…which belong to the country of Syria…and you now know why Israel is part of the regime change plans of the Middle East with the U.S and Saudi Arabia…and Exxon Mobile!

    So…enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner … and thank your blessings….not to God…but to Exxon and the U.S government for their…… for providing you with all the bounty of this great country!

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