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European Union Condemns Turkish Gas Drilling off Cyprus

Gasoil News - Published on Mon, 18 May 2020

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European Union has fired a fresh broadside at Turkey in a rumbling dispute over drilling for gas off Cyprus. EU has repeatedly urged Turkey to end its energy exploration off the island, saying the drilling is illegal because it infringes on EU member Cyprus's exclusive economic zone. EU's 27 foreign ministers said in a joint statement “We deplore that Turkey has not yet responded to the European Union's repeated calls to cease such activities and reiterate our call on Turkey to show restraint, refrain from such actions, and respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of Cyprus.”

The ministers welcomed Cypriot efforts towards talks on the dispute but said that recent escalating actions by Turkey regrettably go in the opposite direction.

Earlier this year the EU had imposed an asset freeze and entry ban on two Turkish citizens involved in the operations

Turkey insists its oil drilling is in accordance with international law and Turkish ship Yavuz has been drilling off Cyprus since late last month

Rich gas deposits have been found in the seabed in waters claimed by both Cyprus and Turkey.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 18 May 2020
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