Unstoppable, Turkey Presses Cyprus Energy Drilling

In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 photo, a helicopter flies over Turkey's drilling ship, 'Fatih' dispatched towards the eastern Mediterranean, near Cyprus. (Turkish Defence Ministry via AP, Pool)

Continuing to defy the European Union and Greece – the United Nations wants no part of this – Turkey said it will keep on drilling for energy off Cyprus in the divided island’s sovereign waters, with no one making a move to stop it.

The EU has issued soft sanctions but it was of being tougher, critics said, fearful that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will unleash more refugees and migrants on Greek islands during an essentially suspended swap deal.

Uncowed by the US’ support of the legitimate government – which Turkey doesn’t recognize as it also refuses to admit its ships and planes – Erdogan has given the full-speed ahead order for two drilling ships in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ.)

Despite fears there could be a conflict, accidental or otherwise, with Turkish warships in the region, and ships from the American 6th Fleet nearby, with the US energy giant ExxonMobil among the foreign companies licensed to hunt for energy, Turkey isn’t backing and is getting its way.

Indeed, stepping up its defiance, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar toured the northern third of the island that’s been occupied since an unlawful 1974 invasion, visiting Turkish army bases, the fenced-off city of Famagusta, the Yavuz drillship and warships surrounding the island.

“While discussing these issues everyone should be aware that Turkey is clearly a guarantor state under international law and that Britain, Greece and Turkey have important rights and responsibilities,” he reportedly told TRT in comments translated into Greek.

“We are watching all the developments closely. Everyone should know that we will fully protect both our rights and the rights of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (the Turkish-occupied part of the island,)” he also said.

That was in reference to the energy drilling that has become a catalyst in the collapsed hopes to reunify the island with the last round of talks falling apart in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana when Erdogan and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said they would never remove their army and wanted the right to militarily intervene.

“We have an area of 462,000 square kilometers that we call the Blue Homeland. We have rights here established by international agreement… We are determined to protect justice and our rights,” he reportedly said.

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  1. To understand Turkey (and her secret alliances with their Hun, Lapp, Finn and American Indian progeny) you have to read Sons of the Conquerors by Hugh Pope. The Turks are the biblical Magog, the Xiong-nu, Uyghurs, Huns, Mongols. Alexander pushed back the magog at the Dervent gates of Armenia where they remained until Manzikert. Mongol is cognate with Magog. According to “archaeologist Ursula Brosseder of the University of Bonn in Germany. The Huns developed as a political movement that picked up members from various ethnic groups as it spread, she explains. Brosseder suspects the ‘Hun phenomenon’ formed on the grasslands of western Eurasia, a territory that includes regions cited by Hakenbeck. The earliest evidence of Huns in that region dates to about 2,400 years ago” [Science News, 4/29/2017, Vol. 191, No. 8] This political movement movement derived from the Ural Ataics HLA DR1 schizophrenia gene [Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 30 (2006) 423 ? 428] and the Mongol 3’VNTR Dopaminergic Bipolar Gene [Human Biology, Vol. 68, No. 4 (August 1996), pp. 509-515]. Broadberry [LSE WP184 11/2013] shows that the Great Divergence of world economies manifested in 1348 due to Ghenghis Khan whose Tatar Magoguery decimated China, India, Russia and Greece.

    1. DENNY, LET ME UPDATE YOU ON TURKEY AND U.S TIES.. ..

      The U.S and Israeli East Med Energy Partnership act turns over the economic, political , and military sovereignty and cultural identity of Cyprus to Trump and Bibi

      You know the one that will demand from Cyprus that they don’t allow Russian ships into Cypriot ports and must spy on them to prohibit any Russian Influence in Cyprus!

      Of course, they don;t tell us,if that includes banning the 900,000 Russian tourist who come to Cyprus every year representing almost half of the 2 million tourist Cyprus depends on to support their number 1 economic business!

      An act which which places Exxon Mobil polluting oil and gas rigs in the most pristine waters in the world,but,banned in the coastal waters of Americaand condemned by all International Environmental inspectors, as catastrophic threats to the cultural waters and beaches of Cyprus!

      Turkey the enemy of Cyprus, is not the enemy of America!..

      No! U.S.and Turkey are partnering to Annex part of Syria which they illegally invaded, like Northern Cyprus

      U.S and Turkish officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to create a joint operations center and set up a safe zone east of the Euphrates in north eastern Syria.

      As I have stated previously establishing an independent Kurdish state in Syria is just part of the decades-long Israeli-American plan to weaken and divide all the nations neighboring Israel.

      Ahepan Menendez for the glory of America Israel and…

  2. cont!

    A statement issued by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states

    “This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime.”

    “Syria calls on the Arab people to be aware of the dangers of the expansionist ambitions of the Turkish regime which is spreading the killing and chaos in different parts of the Arab world from Syria to Libya and the Sudan and it will not stop till it will satisfy its illusions on reviving the Ottoman Sultanate,”

    “Syria calls on the international community and the UN to condemn the US-Turkish flagrant aggression which constitutes a dangerous escalation and poses a threat to peace and security in the region and the world and hinders all positive efforts for finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.”

    Greek Cypriot community should remove Anastasiades, if he accepts this”Trojan Horse” promoted by a Secret Society of Ahepan Masons which include an indicted..Pay to play politician .Robert Menendez , Andy Zemenides, Georgi Horiates..and the new propaganda minister of Greece, Antonios Diamantaris

    Syria stands with Cyprus, in fighting to remove Turkey and America from Northern Syria, something Cyprus failed to do in Northern Cyprus in 1974.

    It is time Greeks support Syria!

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