Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said that exploring oil and natural gas in a place, which did not have clear borders and have a debatable exclusive economic zone, was completely a political provocation.
Commenting on Greek Cypriots' beginning oil and natural gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, Yildiz said that Greek Cypriot administration was carrying out an action which was against international laws as well as the rights of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
In this case, Turkey is actually making its seismic searches within the framework of the continental shelf agreement signed with TRNC, noted Yildiz.
Yildiz added that navy would escort Turkish seismic vessels.
The Greek Cypriot side had signed a deal with a U.S.-based energy company and started drilling in an 324,000-hectare economic zone adjacent to the Israeli waters.
Last week, TRNC had agreed to conclude a continental shelf delimitation agreement, should the Greek Cypriot administration proceed with offshore drilling activities in the south of the island.
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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