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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Turkey begins exploring for gas in Cypriot territory

Risking a confrontation with Cyprus, Israel and possibly even the United States, Turkey has sent a ship to start exploring for natural gas in Cypriot territorial waters.
A Turkish ship began exploring for gas off the coast of Cyprus on Monday, the Turkish Cypriot government said, an announcement that escalates a confrontation between Cyprus, Israel and Turkey over huge Mediterranean gas reserves.

The Greek Cypriot government said last week it had started drilling for gas at a site south of the island, infuriating Turkey which supports a separate Turkish Cypriot government on the north of the island.


On Monday, Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk said a Turkish exploration vessel had started exploration. He did not give the exact location, but said the Piri Reis ship was working in "the AR/KKTC/G authorized zone". KKTC is the Turkish abbreviation for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

A Greek Cypriot defense source said the Piri Reis was sailing in international waters south of the island earlier on Monday, about 80 km (50 miles) from the Noble Energy gas rig and between two plots Cyprus has mapped out for future exploration. The Piri Reis left the Turkish Aegean port of Izmir on Sept. 23.

Cyprus has 12 plots in all, but has given a concession to just one at the southernmost point of its maritime economic exploitation zone (EEZ).
Turkey occupies northern Cyprus and has since 1974.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 into a Greek side recognized internationally and a Turkish region recognized as a separate state only by Turkey. Peace talks between the sides are due to resume on Tuesday.

Turkey insists no gas should be pumped until the island's fate is resolved. Turkish Prime Minister RecepTayyip Erdogan last week called the Israeli and Cypriot gas drilling "madness".
And for those who have forgotten, here's why the US is also involved in this.
Tension rose after Cyprus announced last week that drilling had started offshore, close to a gas field in Israeli waters. Texas-based Noble Energy is carrying out the drilling in the Cypriot block and also drills for Israel.

Turkey has said it will drill on behalf of Turkish Cyprus if the Greek Cypriots do not abandon their plans. The Greek Cypriot government says it has a sovereign right to explore for energy.
Erdogan isn't just seeking war with Israel - he is apparently seeking a world war.

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At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please do away with the "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" syndrome. Ever since Turkey dumped Israel, all the so called crimes against humanity are being propogated and never when she was a "friend".

Learn to accept rejection with grace.

By the end of this year or next, Iran will be a fully fledged nuclear power and that will do away with Israel's regional superiority. That is what the real problem is and not that iran will attack Israel.

Enjoy it while it lasts, because once Iran becomes nuclear, the US will be lining up to be "friends" with her.

Erdogan isn't just seeking war with Israel - he is apparently seeking a world war.

Tch Tch, This "israel's enemy" is your enemy too, is sooooooooo tired and beaten to death, talk about dead horses.

Erdogan is fixing ties that should have been fixed earlier, Russia with it's almost majority Muslim military.

Erdogen and the Muslim Brotherhood are not seeking war. Roll on Turkey, the future is big - of Caliphatian magnitude - :)


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