World Bulletin/News Desk
Greece accused Turkey on Monday of breaching international sea law by sending a resource exploration ship to the eastern Mediterranean.
Greece's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos issued a statement hours after Turkish gas exploration ship, named Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa, entered the Eastern Mediterranean sea to conduct seismic exploration for gas resources.
"The Turkish frigate entered the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus," the statement said. "This constitutes a violation of the international law of the sea.
Venizelos also claimed Turkey sabotaged Cyprus negotiations between Turkish and Greek Cypriots, which were suspended by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades early this month following reports that a Turkish corvette had been sent to monitor Greek Cypriot hydrocarbon exploration.
The foreign minister claimed Turkey attempted to create a crisis by sending the ship at the moment when the international community's attention was on combat with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and there was a crisis in both the southern and eastern regions of Europe.
"Greece invites Turkey to change course, to move within the legal framework to continue the Cyprus negotiations," Venizelos said in the statement.
The island of Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.
The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the EU and is internationally recognized except by Turkey -- the only country which recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
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