Defiant Turkey Reserves Cypriot Waters for 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)

Unstoppable, Turkey has issued another navigational telex (NAVTEX) reserving areas within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for the Barbaros seismic vessel to continue hunting for gas and energy, defying the European Union, Greece and the United States.

The EU put soft sanctions on Turkey for operating in Cyprus’ sovereign waters but was ignored, as were US demands to back off and from Greece calling on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop provocations.

Ankara reserved an area spanning blocks 2, 9 and 13 of Cyprus’ EEZ which it claims belong to Turkish-Cypriots who have been occupying the northern third of the divided island since an unlawful 1974 invasion.

Cyprus has already licensed blocks 2 and 9 to South Korean energy company Kogas and Italy’s Eni while France’s Total was recently also given rights to these blocks. The American energy giant ExxonMobil has reported a major gas field.

With Turkish warships nearby guarding the Barbaros – Turkey said it will eventually have four ships in the part of Cyprus’ EEZ it doesn’t recognize – France said it will defend its energy company and send frigates to protect it if necessary.

As usual, Cyprus condemned the NAVTEX but has no real naval or military way to prevent Turkey from doing what it wants with the United Nations ignoring calls by President Nicos Anastasides to intervene.

Talks to reunify the island after 45 years of division collapsed in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana when Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Erdogan said they would never remove their 35,000-strong standing army and wanted the right of military intervention again.

Anastasiades has offered to share potentially lucrative energy revenues with Turkish-Cypriots in the occupied territory only Turkey recognizes but Erdogan and Akinci said they want their side to take part in the licensing procedure too among other demands.

2 Comments

  1. Today, Mistotakis has disgraced Greece by joining the Fascist Regime of America in breaking all UN, EU, international laws to prohibit an oil tanker of Iran to access Greek Ports to continue it navigation to his final destination! This action was demanded by the U.S regime, or face being designated a state sponsor of terrorism, subject to U.S economic sanctions! , .

    He then tell Greeks that he wishes to increase U .S control of the defense of Greece and make Greece ..a U.S protectorate nation, like Puerto Rico and turn over the keys of Greek sovereignty to a bunch of lunatic fascist waging war on the world!

    These are the State Sponsors of Terrorism..not Iran or Greece!

    Today.a U.S and Turkish truck convoy of weapons and ammunition have been bombed by Syrian air force , which were destined for the Al Queda terrorist Jihadist to fight advancing Syrian forces looking to liberate Idlib from the proxy armies of Turkey who with the U.S in failing to overthrow the Syrian Government, want to annex Northern Syria! Syria is doing what the Greek Cypriots did not do in Northern Cyprus repel the Turks and their ally U.S in Northern Syria!

    These are the state sponsors of terrorism, not Iran and Greece!

    Mistotakis, fully cooperates to wage war on the enemies of America and Israel, but not on the enemies of Greece and Cyprus..Turkey!

    Mistotakis and U.S do not wage any war on Turkey..who has invaded and annexed the lands and waters of Cyprus, and now Syria!….

  2. con,t..

    Diamataris, Mistotakis, and Anastasiades promote the East Med Energy Partnership Agreement with U.S and apartheid state Israel which hands over the sovereignty of there countries to foreign government and makes their enemies, the enemies of Greeks..like Iran and.never speak up in defense of the people of Syria and libya.and demand the end of sanctions against Syria, and withdrawal of Turkish and US troops from Syria!

    The FM of Syria does speak out against Turkey and U.S ….

    . “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 to an Ottoman empire!

    “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.”

    And in libya…’

    The Libyan National Army will defeat any plot to build foreign bases that support and finance terrorism in Libya,” Haftar warned.

    He confirmed the high command’s statement about the powerful and accurate air strike on the Turkish combat operations center located in one of the air force academy buildings in Misrata., libya with U.S support!

    MIsto and Anastiades…

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