Turkey defies international law
Turkey is determined to continue to explore hydrocarbon
resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Thursday.
Ersin Tatar, the prime minister of the so-called Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus, was on an official visit to
Ankara when Erdogan reiterated his position that Turkey
will claim rights to any fossil fuels found off the
island. The Turkish president’s remarks were made in the
press conference that followed their meeting.
“No project ignoring Turkey or the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus can be realized in the Eastern
Mediterranean,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by Turkey’s
state-run Anadolu News Agency.
The Turkish leader’s statement came after French
President Emmanuel Macron requested that Ankara cease
its aggressive behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean and
the US State Department asked for the removal of the
ship “Yavuz” from waters off the Karpasia Peninsula in
Two Turkish oil drilling ships, the Fatih and the Yavuz,
are currently operating in the area, accompanied by the
“Barbaros,” an exploration vessel from Turkey.
FRANCE WARNS TURKEY
French President Emmanuel Macron said during a joint
statement with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
on Thursday that France will not accept any Turkish
violations inside Cyprus’ EEZ, emphasizing that France
”will not show any weakness.”
Prime Minister Mitsotakis, who arrived in Paris earlier
on Thursday, was warmly welcomed by President Macron at
the entrance of the French capital’s Élysée Palace.
A similar position has been adpted by the U.S. State
Department urging Tukey to remove the drilling ship
Yavuz from Cyprus’ territorial waters, calling Ankara’s
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) the United
States considers the activities of the Turkish drillship
Yavuz off the coast of Karpasia in the northeastern part
of Cyprus as unlawful, and is urging Turkish authorities
to immediately cease operations and remove the rig from
the Republic of Cyprus’ territorial seas.