Cyprus Will Sue Companies Drilling for Turkey Offshore

FILE - Turkey's 230-meter (750-foot) drillship 'Yavuz' crosses the Marmara Sea on its way to the Mediterranean, from the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Without naming them, Cyprus said it has begun legal action against three foreign companies involved in Turkish-directed oil and gas drilling in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that has worries a conflict could result.

A senior Cypriot Foreign Ministry who wasn’t named told Reuters the companies weren’t Turkish as the move comes after the legitimate government on the divided island said it had issued international arrest warrants against the crew of a Turkish drill ship, the Fatih that is anchored off the west of the island.

There were no reports of any arrests as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of consequences if any moves are made to apprehend the crew that the Cypriot government has violated the island’s sovereign waters borders.

A second Turkish ship, the Yavuz, is expected to be sent there as well and Turkey had dispatched warships in the area to protect them, as the United States and European Union called for them teo back off but were ignored.

“We have already initiated legal proceedings against companies cooperating with the TPAO,” the Foreign Ministry official said, referring to the state-owned Turkish petroleum company.

“We are determined to do the same with the Yavuz,” the official said.

Both areas are claimed by the Cypriot government as its EEZ, where it has rights to explore for hydrocarbons, backed by the US and the EU that Turkey wants to join while not recognizing the legitimate government and barring its ships and planes.

Turkey, which has unlawfully occupied the northern third of the island since a 1974 invasion, Turkey maintains an area west of Cyprus is its own continental shelf and has cited laws of the sea it otherwise doesn’t recognize either.

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  1. Really, Nato Turkey AND THEIR OIL BARONS ARE attacking Cyprus again?. are they not the guarantor of Cyprus sovereignty with Nato Britain and Greece. and led by the self appointed ” Policeman of the World” the United States .who have done a bang up job since the end of WW 2. in killing an estimated 22 million non Anglo foreign citizens of the world and appear poised to murder the entire world TO RUN THEIR POLICE STATE!

    DID NOT ANASTASIADES WITH THE U.S ENVOY AGREE TO LEGITIMIZE AND RECOGNIZE THE OCCUPIED NORTHERN REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS AS STATE, WHICH THE WORLD BODY OF THE U.N. DOES NOT, AND IN THEIR EYES..NORTHERN REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS DOES NOTEVEN EXIST…WHEN THEY AGREED TO SHARE OIL REVENUES WITH TURKS OF NORTHERN CYPRUS!

    ANASTASIADES AND U.S. ARE TRAITORS IN DOING WHAT UN RESOLUTION SINCE 1974 DID NOT DO RECOGNIZE THE LEGITIMACY OF THE NORTHER REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS. TO EXIST,.WHEN THEY TURNED OVER OIL RIGHTS TO NORTHERN CYPRUS!.

    1. They have not “TURNED OVER OIL RIGHTS TO NORTHERN CYPRUS”, firstly, because there is no oil in or around Cyprus as the hydrocarbon discoveries in the Cypriot EEZ are of natural gas consisting mainly of methane.

      Secondly, there is no “Northern Cyprus”. There is the Republic of Cyprus and part of it’s territory is occupied by the Turkish Army, following its invasion in 1974.

      What the RoC has said was that they are willing to share the proceeds with the Turkish speaking Cypriots. As far as I am aware, there is no mention of sharing based on geographical perspectives.

  2. First, thank you for advising all of us…that the leaders of Greece, Cyprus, Italy, U.S, France, Turkey have lied to us in describing the exploratory oil drilling going on in the pristene waters of Cyprus. Secondly, where there is oil , there is gas….and I refer you to the DEEPWATER HORIZON CATASTROPHE…IN THE GULF COAST OF MEXICO , WHERE AN ENTIRE OIL RIG WAS BLOWN UP BY TH E GAS EXTRACTION …WHICH LED TO THE OIL SPILL THAT DESTROYED THE ENTIRE COASTS OF LOUISIANA, TEXAS , AND PART OF FLORIDA! If METHANE GAS IS ALL THEY WANT ..THEY COULD GO TO ANY GARBADE DUMP IN AMERICA OR GREECE ..TO GET ALL THEY WANT!

    YOU ARE RIGHT, THERE IS NO TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS, SINCE IT DOES NOT EXIST… EXCEPT NOW BY THE U.S, ANASTSIADES, AND TURKEY! THE WORLD BODY OF THE UN DOES NOT RECOGNIZE ..WHAT IS CALLED THE TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS!

    AS reported by TNH on June 6th, 2019… and how by authorizing this, .they have legitimized the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with the U.S masters!… .

    “Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said he was willing to share potentially lucrative revenues – the US company ExxonMobil said it’s made a major gas find – with the Turkish-Cypriot side unlawfully occupying the northern third of the island since the invasion of 1974,”

    That’s right .his act represent recognition of the Norrhern REpublic of Cyprus…congratulations! And making the citizens of Northern Cyprus eligible to sue Exxon Mobil?

  3. But his Teason does not end there…since, to my knowledge the people and communities of the coastlines and beaches of Cyprus , apparently, are like you unaware of the threats to there marine life, beaches, food, hotel,tourist industry , recreational boating and fishing , restaurant and any service industry affiliated with the oceans pristene water of the Jewel of the Mediterranean!

    In America, ,the people know and ban these oil polluting factories from the East and West coasts of America , and Alaska! Even animals have rights to ban these oil pollutants from their waters!

    Imagine that ,Exxon Mobil cannot build oil factories in the waters of America ..which do not come even close to the importance of the historical and cultural coastlines of all the Greek Islands of Greece, and Cyprus!

    Anstasiades is a Nato dictator and traitor…and should be removed from office and all licences cancelled until the people and communities of Cyprus have spoken with there representatives if they have any?

    I see massive lawsuits in Crete and Cypru .to stop the destruction of the lives of the people of Cyprua!

    I myself was considering buying a home on the islands of Greece, and my Greek Cypriot friends have always recommended Cyprus .Forget it ,when Exxon Mobil get thre…the property values will drop so quickly for ocean front property!

    Say good by to the 3 million tourist ..who go to the Jewel of the Mediterranean., not to see what a kuwaiti oil field looks like!

    1. Michael. I must confess I am no hydrocarbon specialist but as far as I am aware, none of the protagonists that you mentioned have ever said that there is “oil” in Cyprus’ EEZ, only Natural Gas. If anyone has stated that it is “oil” instead of “gas” then its likely they did so out of ignorance rather than deliberate “lies”.

      We Cypriots have always recognised the rights and existence of Turkish speaking Cypriots as an ethnic group but not as a separate state or country so I don’t see how Anastasiades or anyone has betrayed Cyprus.

      We can be going round in circles with this…so perhaps we may agree to disagree.

  4. ELBMW let me help you , since, I have many “Greek” Cypriots friends.whose families were murdered in Northern Cyprus by your Turkish Speaking armies in 1974 and may not share your views as an alleged Cypriot!

    Before I close this circle, while you confess you know little about Hydocarbon drilling ,you seem to suggesting that Natural Gas and oil drilling factories are somehow less dangerous to the Cypriot coastal communities and their cultural coastlines and beaches of Cyprus!

    They are all dangerous and represent a ticking time bomb to destroy the coastal economies of Cyprus, and why in America .all oil and gas drilling platforms are banned.is that clear!

    You then state the obvious and nothing already known, especially an advocate for the people of Cyprus .”We Cypriots have always recognized the rights and existence of Turkish speaking Cypriots as an ethnic group but not as a separate state or country!

    You then ignore the evidence.that Anastasiadeas has been betraying “Greek” Cypriots since he has been in office!

    What do not understand,.when the occupied Northern Cyprus byTurkish speaking armies, unrecognized and not existing by the international community but recognized byTurkey as the Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus, established by the murder of Greek Cypriots is legitimized as a state entitled to oil income from the territorial waters of Cyprus by the traitor Anastasiades and U.S Exxon Mobil to expedite their oil baron plans to poison the waters..

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