Turkey deploys drones to be based in occupied Cyprus
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
The airport is located near the eastern coastal city of
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
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
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!