Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Greek Cypriot administration's oil and gas drilling activity in the Mediterranean was nothing but sabotaging the negotiation process between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots.
"The Greek Cypriot administration and Israel are doing a mad thing in Mediterranean. Actually, Greek Cypriot administration's drilling activity is nothing but sabotaging the negotiation process between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. We are going to have a High-Level Strategic Cooperation Meeting with Greece soon. It is a step taken to sabotage the meeting," he said at a press conference following his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in New York.
"Turkish Cypriot people also have rights in the Mediterranean. As a guarantor country, we will support them in their efforts to protect their rights. We can sign an agreement with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and begin gas and oil exploration activities. Our assault boats and frigates are already in the region," he 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.
Noble Energy says that the eastern Mediterranean gas finds have been the world's biggest deepwater gas discoveries in the last decade, with a total of at least 25 tcf of gross mean resources.
The move has drawn fierce criticism from Turkey which said it would make a continental shelf delimitation agreement with the TRNC in case Greek Cypriot administration launched drilling before a settlement was reached to end the 37-year old division of the island.
Cypriot leaders have been negotiating to reunify the island since 2008.
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