Gas drilling off Cyprus com­mences as planned

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The West Capella drilling ship ar­rived off the coast of Cyprus yes­ter­day as a French-Ital­ian con­sor­tium was pre­par­ing to start op­er­a­tions in block 11, with­out any re­ports of ha­rass­ment from Turk­ish war­ships con­duct­ing ex­er­cises with live am­mu­ni­tion within the is­land’s eco­nomic ex­clu­sive zone (EEZ).

West Capella’s course to block 11 was briefly mon­i­tored by the Turk­ish Gokceada fri­gate, while two French war­ships ar­rived at the port of Lar­naca in what was seen by an­a­lysts as a mes­sage that France wants to safe­guard its in­ter­est. Ankara op­poses Cyprus’s right to drill for gas, say­ing its nat­u­ral re­sources must be shared with the Turk­ish-oc­cu­pied north, warn­ing the Greek Cypri­ots to re­frain from “uni­lat­eral ac­tions.”

The US State De­part­ment said yes­ter­day that re­sources must be shared fairly by the is­land’s two com­mu­ni­ties and reaf­firmed Wash­ing­ton’s po­si­tion that Cyprus has a right to ex­ploit its nat­u­ral re­sources.

Mean­while, the Greek For­eign Min­istry ac­cused Turkey yes­ter­day of “au­dac­ity” and of “fool­ing” the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in re­sponse to an ear­lier state­ment by Ankara blam­ing For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias for last week’s col­lapse of the Cyprus talks.

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