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Turkey slams EU for backing Cyprus in drilling dispute

Turkey rejects EU claims that drilling off Cyprus is illegitimate Turkey says EU ‘isn’t impartial mediator’ in Cyprus drilling dispute
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2019, 06:43

The foreign ministry said Turkey's Fatih ship had started drilling to the west of the Mediterranean island at the start of May. The announcement added that permits have been granted to the Turkish-Cypriot authority and that its self-imposed government was recognised by Turkey. A second vessel, Yavuz, has now sailed to an area off the Karpas peninsula on Cyprus' east coast.

However, in effect, Turkey holds paramount significance to EU's factory activities following launch of a two-line gas pipeline under the Black sea earlier this year, which appeared to have proffered enough steam to Ankara to explore into disputed territories near Cyprus and to take on some European leaders in context of a newly formed EU parliament, analysts suggested.

The Turkish foreign ministry argues that the E.U.is not an impartial mediator in the Cyprus dispute. Several peacemaking endeavors have failed and the discovery of offshore resources has increasingly complicated peace negotiations.

Cyprus has divided its EEZ off its southern coast into 13 blocks, or areas. The bloc's foreign policy service would also advise member states to refrain from high-level contacts with Turkey, according to the official, who asked not to be named as the matter is sensitive.

Cyprus is an independent island country in the eastern Mediterranean.

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The US has also voiced concern over the situation.

Beginning last May, a Turkish ship named Fatih started drilling off the Mediterranean island.

It said Greece deserved the title of "Europe's spoiled child" and that European Union member Cyprus had together with Athens for years violated worldwide law and dragged the eastern Mediterranean towards instability.

The measures will likely be agreed Wednesday at a meeting of European Union envoys and aproved by European Union foreign ministers when they meet in Brussels next week.

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said any measures were not an end in themselves, but aimed at sending specific messages to Turkey.