Greek Cypriot administration

Akar repeats hardline message on drilling; Cyprus takes issue to EU summit

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated Sunday the hardline stance on drilling inside Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Stance expressed Saturday by the country's foreign ministry.

Akar told Anadolu News Agency that Ankara is determined to protect its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea under international law.

Turkey ups the ante, rejects EU warning on drilling off Cyprus

Turkey rejects the statement by EU's High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini calling on Turkey "to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone and refrain from any such illegal action to which the European Union will respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus."

Turkey says US 6th fleet has not yet arrived off Cyprus

Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın has stated that the United States’ 6th fleet has not yet arrived off the island of Cyprus, after the Greek Cypriot administration claimed that the U.S. navy will be in the eastern Mediterranean for the protection of Exxon’s drilling vessel from a potential Turkish intervention.

Turkish Cyprus will not allow Greek side to continue exploring gas: Minister

The Greek Cypriot administration will not be permitted to continue engaging in unilateral natural gas exploration activities in the Mediterranean without the consent of Turkish Cypriots, Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Kudret Özersay has said.


Turkey slams Greek Cyprus over gas drilling works as tensions increase in eastern Mediterranean

Turkey has reiterated its determination in not abandoning its rights and Turkish Cypriots’ rights over the rich hydrocarbon reserves off Cyprus to unilateral actions of the Greek Cypriot administration, as news reports suggested Turkish warships have blocked a rig around the island that belongs to Italy’s energy firm ENI.

Ankara warns Nicosia over hydrocarbon-related activities in Cyprus's EEZ

The responsibility for any situation that could arise in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will be a consequence of "the Greek Cypriot administration continuing its unilateral hydrocarbon-related activities in the Eastern Mediterranean," the Turkish Foreign Ministry has warned.