Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun said Tuesday that they would take urgent steps in response to Greek Cypriots' exploration of oil and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean that began on Monday.
In a written statement, Ozgurgun said that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) would urgently take steps in order to protect its equal rights on the natural resources of the island.
We will take steps with motherland Turkey based on an agreement reached earlier in order to protect our equal rights on the natural resources of the island, Ozgurgun stressed.
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, Turkey and the TRNC 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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