Turkey says Greek Cyprus' oil, gas projects illegitimate

Taner Yildiz said Greek Cypriot administration's oil and/or natural gas exploration initiatives in the Mediterranean were not a legitimate behavior.

Turkey says Greek Cyprus' oil, gas projects illegitimate

Turkey's energy and natural resources minister said on Wednesday that Turkey did not see Greek Cypriot administration's planned oil and natural gas projects in the Mediterranean as legitimate.

Taner Yildiz said Greek Cypriot administration's oil and/or natural gas exploration initiatives in the Mediterranean were not a legitimate behavior.

"We do not see it as normal, and we once more state that international law will operate here," Yildiz told reporters.

Energy Minister Yildiz's remarks came after stories that the Greek Cypriot administration will begin oil and natural gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

Yildiz said decisions on restricted economic zones could be made with compromise of all neighboring countries, and this process had not been completed yet.

"Therefore, we will continue to say in every platform that these initiatives are not legitimate," Yildiz said.

In 2010, Greek Cypriot administration and Israel signed an accord demarcating their maritime borders to facilitate a search for mineral deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

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