- Title: Turkey weighs in on sending another drilling ship to Cyprus - Erdogan
- Date: 14th September 2019
- Summary: AT SEA, OFF COAST CYPRUS (FILE - AUGUST 6, 2019) (REUTERS) TURKISH DRILLING SHIP YAVUZ SAILING AT SEA TURKISH FLAG PAINTED ON THE SHIP VARIOUS OF DRILLING EQUIPMENT ON THE SHIP WORKERS ON BOARD VARIOUS OF DRILLING EQUIPMENT ON BOARD OF THE SHIP VARIOUS OF TURKISH NAVAL VESSELS SAILING AT SEA TO ESCORT YAVUZ
- Embargoed: 28th September 2019 14:30
- Keywords: Turkey Cyprus EU drilling ships natural gas petrol Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY, AT SEA, OFF COAST CYPRUS
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY, AT SEA, OFF COAST CYPRUS
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002AWMPYDJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Friday (September 13) Ankara may dispatch a third drill ship to the eastern Mediterranean, as a dispute over natural resources there fuels tensions between Turkey and Cyprus.
Ankara already has two drilling ships, called Fatih and Yavuz, in the region, along with a seismic vessel.
In an interview with Reuters, Erdogan accused Greek Cypriots and international community of trying to deprive Northern Cyprus off its rights.
EU member Cyprus and Turkey have argued for years regarding the ownership of fossil fuels in the eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara says Turkish Cypriots are entitled to a share of the resources.
Turkey rejects agreements the internationally recognized Cypriot government has reached with other Mediterranean states on maritime economic zones.
Cyprus was divided in 1974 after a Turkish invasion triggered by a brief, Greek-inspired coup. Several peacemaking efforts have failed and the discovery of offshore resources in the eastern Mediterranean has complicated the negotiations.
(Production: Omer Berberoglu, Bulent Usta, Mert Ozkan, Yesim Dikmen)
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