Cyprus calls Turkey a “pirate state” over illegal
Cyprus called Turkey a ”pirate state” on Sunday after
Ankara announced that the Turkish research vessel
”Yavuz” will soon conduct a new series of hydrocarbon
research and drillings south of the island.
The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Turkey Hami
Aksoy announced that the Turkish vessel arrived at the
broader area south of Cyprus, where it will conduct its
third attempt to drill in an area that’s already
licensed to energy companies Eni of Italy and Total of
This would be Turkey’s fourth such drilling effort since
last July when it dispatched a pair or warship-escorted
drill ships to the island’s west and east. It would also
mark the second time a Turkish ship was drilling in a
block licensed to Eni and Total.
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus condemned
Turkey’s newly planned illegal drilling within the
Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of the
In a statement issued last week, the Presidency of the
Republic pointed out that Turkey provocatively ignores
the repeated calls by the international community and
the European Union, to terminate its illegal activities
in Cyprus’ EEZ.
”It is now attempting to carry out new illegal drilling
in the southern EEZ/continental shelf of Cyprus, inside
exploration block 8, which was duly licensed to the
European companies ENI and TOTAL; this new attempted
drilling constitutes yet another flagrant violation of
the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of the Republic of
Cyprus under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,”
the Cypriot Presidency noted.
Greece’s foreign ministry said in a statement Sunday
that Turkey’s latest action comes on top of numerous
violations of international law in the wider region that
aim “to serve expansionist aspirations.”
The ministry said in a statement that such breaches of
international law won’t be made legal no matter how many
times they’re repeated.