Turkish Cypriots warn on oil exploration

The Turkish part of Cyprus has warned that exploration by the Greek part of oil in the eastern Mediterranean could lead to tensions.

 Turkish Cypriots warn on oil exploration
The Turkish part of Cyprus has warned that exploration by the Greek part of oil in the eastern Mediterranean could lead to tensions.

"One should expect tension to get high if these efforts continue without parties taking each other's position into account and settling the Cyprus dispute," Hasan Ercakica, a spokesman for the Turkish-Cypriot president, said Tuesday. "It is all about the Greek Cypriot attempt to parcel out the eastern Mediterranean by cooperating with neighboring countries, such as Egypt and Lebanon."

The comments were reported by the Turkish news agency Anatolia.

In February, Turkey asked Cyprus to cancel its tender for oil exploration and drilling rights off the Mediterranean island. The Greek Cypriot administration launched the first round of tenders for oil exploration and drilling rights off the divided island.

The first round of licensing involves 11 offshore blocks covering a total of approximately 23,000 square miles to the south of Cyprus.

Turkey says it has "legitimate and legal rights and interests" in the oil-and-gas exploration area where Cyprus wants to begin drilling. It says it wants Turkish Cypriots to have a say in the island's oil and gas rights.

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