Warnings Fail, Turkey Will Start Energy Drilling Off Cyprus

February 22, 2019

Unable to keep French and American energy companies from drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus where they are licensed to look, Turkey said it would begin its own hunt for energy near the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ,) parts of which it doesn’t recognize.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year was able to scare off an Italian company by sending warships to confront the energy research vessel but France’s Total and the US energy giant ExxonMobil ignored warnings to back off.

Instead, Turkey said it would soon begin drilling itself, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Feb. 21, the state-run Anadoly News Agency reported.

“In the coming days we will start drilling with two ships around Cyprus,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying in a speech to a business conference in western Turkey’s Aydin province.

“Let those who come to the region from far away, and their companies, see that nothing can be done in that region without us. Nothing at all can be done in the Mediterranean without Turkey, we will not allow that,” Cavusoglu said.

Turkey launched its first drillship Fatih in October to drill off the coast of Turkey’s southern Antalya province and a second ship set to operate in the Black Sea will also be diverted to look off Cyprus.

Turkey’s claims in the island’s EEZ overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Turkey also backs assertions by the Turkish-Cypriot side of the divided island for rival claims on seven other blocks within a few miles of the Aphrodite gas field in block12.

Erdogan demanded Turkish-Cypriots living in the northern third unlawfully occupied since a 1974 Turkish invasion get a share of any potentially lucrative finds, to which Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades agreed, but Turkey wants a hand in licensing foreign companies.


NICOSIA - The Union of Cyprus Journalists (UCJ) is getting backing from the International and European Federation of Journalists  (IFJ-EFJ) in a campaign highlighting complaints about low salaries and working conditions for them on the island.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


10 Years after Armed Standoff with Federal Agents, Bundy Cattle are Still Grazing Disputed Rangeland

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The words “Revolution is Tradition” stenciled in fresh blue and red paint mark a cement wall in a dry river wash beneath a remote southern Nevada freeway overpass, where armed protesters and federal agents stared each other down through rifle sights 10 years ago.

The Ford Bronco initially was conceived and designed for rugged outdoorsy types, a two-door means of escape to nature from the bustling cities of mid-century America.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James had 37 points — including six in the final minute — and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 123-120 on Friday night.

SYDNEY (AP) — A man stabbed six people to death at a busy Sydney shopping center Saturday before he was fatally shot, police said.

ISTANBUL (AP) — More than 40 people remained stranded in cable cars high above a mountain in southern Turkey on Saturday, 19 hours after one pod hit a pole and burst open, killing one person and injuring seven.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.