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Turkey deploys drones to be based in occupied Cyprus
 

January 2020

Turkey has reportedly deployed unmanned aerial vehicles over the occupied territories of northern Cyprus which will shadow ships drilling for oil and gas in the seas off the island.
The self-declared Turkish-Cypriot government, recognized which is not recognised by any other country except Turkey had approved the use of drones just as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ignored repeated international calls to stop drilling in the area.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, both unarmed and armed, will begin taking off from the Lefkoniko Airport, according a report by Reuters news agency, a move that could cause further tension and fears of a conflict.
The airport is located near the eastern coastal city of Famagusta.
Turkey began seeking oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus earlier this year, dispatching two drill ships and an exploration vessel with UAVs escorting them for monitoring and protection, along with warships dispatched to the region.
Cyprus denounced the drilling and formally requested that the United Nations intervene, but their pleas were ignored.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been trying to reboot the collapsed unity talks that he had overseen and which fell apart in July of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.
 

TENSION WITH GREECE
 

Greece responded with anger over a joint Turkish-Libyan agreement to discuss a new delineation of Turkey’s maritime borders which includes waters off the Greek island of Crete.
According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his country’s sovereign waters extend eastward from Libya and include a portion of waters off Crete!

 

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