News Local Turkish FM sends letter to UN, EU on Cyprus EEZ drilling

Turkish FM sends letter to UN, EU on Cyprus EEZ drilling

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wrote a letter to UN Security Council permanent member states and EU’s foreign ministers, regarding his country’s gas drillings in Cyprus’ EEZ, which Turkey disputes.

Çavuşoğlu said the EU’s support for the Republic of Cyprus “under the guise of membership solidarity conflicts with international law,” Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

“In the letter, Çavuşoğlu underscored that Turkey had stated its position on the East Mediterranean at the UN since 2004. He also pointed out that Turkey would not accept unilateral EEZ (exclusive economic zone) claims of Greek Cypriots,” the news agency said.

Referring to statements from other countries, who expressed their support to the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ, Çavuşoğlu said that third parties should not take sides in disputes over maritime jurisdictions.

Also on Friday, in an event in the occupied north, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said that “everyone should accept that Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus cannot be excluded from energy equation in the region.”

He added that the current status quo is unsustainable. and that the Fatih drillship’s activities in the west of Cyprus is a proof of Turkey’s decisiveness on the issue.

Turkey’s new drilling ship Yavuz will carry out similar activities in the Eastern Mediterranean in the following period, he concluded.

Ankara has issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. The Turkish drill ship Fatih is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Turkey contests the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereignty in its EEZ.

Read more:


Top Stories

Greece makes representations over latest Turkish navtex

  Greece has made official representations to Ankara over its latest illegal maritime advisories, involving exploration in the Greek continental shelf off the island of...

Paphos supermarket employee fails to deliver 186 thousand in till money

  Police in Paphos are investigating a case of theft by a 53 year old employee of a major supermarket chain. According to a police report,...

Asia becomes second region to exceed 10m coronavirus cases

  Asia surpassed 10 million infections of the new coronavirus, the second-heaviest regional toll in the world, according to a Reuters tally, as cases continue...

Set your clocks-go back an hour tomorrow for the winter time

  Clocks go back an hour tomorrow for the winter time, though it still doesn't really feel like winter, mostly weather wise. At four tomorrow morning,...

Dozens of Covid charges as authorities intensify checks

  Police charged 34 individuals and 7 people with various offences connected to violations of relevant decrees against the spread of the coronavirus over the...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...