Turkey’s persistence to continue with drilling activities in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone sends the wrong message, German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Christopher Burger has said.
Burger also said in a briefing on Wednesday that EU High Representative Josep Borrell, has a mandate to hold discussions with Turkey about our joint relations.
“The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas supports Josep Borrell” he said.
“However, we have unambiguous expectations vis-à-vis Turkey. We expect positive steps towards de-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean. But yesterday’s announcements by Turkey to continue drilling in Cyprus, are the wrong message,” he added.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.
Turkish drill ship “Yavuz” arrived last April in the exclusive economic zone (ΕΕΖ) of Cyprus, after Ankara announced another attempt to drill a well in blocks licensed to European companies.
This is the 6th time Turkey attempts to drill within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus, this time in an area that covers part of exploration blocks 6 and 7, which have been licensed to ENI and TOTAL. (CNA)