Ankara to be­gin drilling for gas around Cyprus, FM says

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Tur­key plans to start drilling for hy­dro­car­bons around Cyprus, For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said dur­ing a brief­ing of a Turk­ish par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to the In­de­pen­dent Balkan News Agency (IBNA).

Cavu­soglu said that Tur­key’s Fatih (or Con­queror) drill­ship has al­ready started op­er­a­tions in the Alanya-1 plot off its Mediter­ranean coast, also adding that a re­cently pur­chased se­cond drill­ship “will be sent around Cyprus to be­gin work.”

“To­gether with the new plat­form that will reach the area, we will also start drilling around Cyprus,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to Ni­cosia’s drilling op­er­a­tions, Cavu­soglu said that Tur­key is mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments in the East­ern Mediter­ranean, and in­sisted that Ankara it is not against drilling around Cyprus. “But we must also en­sure the rights of Turk­ish Cypri­ots. This is what we ex­pect from both the EU and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” he added.

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