EU pondering measures against Turkey drilling in E. Med

Turkey rejects Greek EU claims that drilling off Cyprus illegitimate

Turkey has allegedly sent two ships to search in the area-the Fatih in May and the Yavuz last month.

In a statement that will cause dismay in Brussels, Ankara vowed to press ahead with offshore exploration to safeguard the rights of Turkish Cypriots to the offshore resources. The step was taken "with the aim of improving the communication between the communities and bringing all Cypriots closer together", a joint statement from Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said. The ship dropped anchor off the island's north-eastern Karpas peninsula on Monday.

In trying to take Ankara to task over what the European Union sees as Turkish interference with Cyprus' exclusive economic zone, the bloc is walking a thin line, careful not to antagonise an important partner. It triggered a strong protest from Nicosia and a rebuke from the European Union.

Cyprus has waged a far-reaching diplomatic campaign, accusing Turkey of breaching the republic's sovereignty by encroaching on its exclusive economic zone in its efforts to stake a claim to the resources.


The United States and Egypt also joined a chorus of criticism this week, with Washington urging Turkish authorities "to halt these operations".

Ankara insists it is acting within its own continental shelf or in territorial waters where Turkish Cypriots would also be entitled to an equal share of any finds.

Cyprus, which has switched hands between the Greek, Roman, Ottoman and British empires over the centuries, was partially occupied by Turkey after a 1974 Greek coup which attempted to unite the island with Greece.

Cyprus's government said the discussed sanctions are too vague and too general, said Kathimerini, because they don't a clear reference to restrictive measures that the European Council said it would propose in June, including blacklisting people or companies involved with the Turkish drilling.

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