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Turkey said on Saturday that the presence in the region of a vessel that will launch search activities on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus was another measure violating both the rights of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey’s continental shelf.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the main cause of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean in recent years has been “claims of an area of maximalist maritime jurisdiction and unilateral acts by Greece and the Greek Cypriots who ignore Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC) rights and interests.
Referring to the presence of the Nautical Geo in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, Ankara said this was another unilateral act which, together with similar measures by Greece and Cyprus, “increases the tension in the eastern Mediterranean and threatens peace and stability “.
According to a Navtex published by the Republic, the Nautical Geo would carry out survey operations in the EEZ of Cyprus on the south coast between September 27 and October 4.
“In addition to recent attempts by Greece to breach our continental shelf in the eastern Mediterranean recently, the GCA (Greek Cypriot Administration) has also announced that it will launch a search activity on October 3 with an Italian flag vessel. Maltese to the region, violating both the rights of the TRNC and Turkey’s continental shelf, ”Ankara said.
The ministry referred to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s proposal to the EU “to convene an inclusive conference in the Eastern Mediterranean last year” and to the northern proposal to the Greek Cypriot side in July 2019 regarding resources in hydrocarbons. Although all of these proposals are on the table, Greece and the Greek Cypriots have attempted to engage in unilateral and provocative activities in recent months by increasing tension in the eastern Mediterranean, he added.
He said all necessary measures are being taken against these unilateral acts by Greece and Cyprus both on the ground and at the table. “In addition, it is brought to the attention of third countries that they should not be part of these unilateral acts,” he added.
The ministry said Turkey will resolutely continue to protect its own rights and those of Turkish Cypriots in the eastern Mediterranean.