Τρίτη, 25 Νοεμβρίου 2008

Turkey, Greek Cyprus exchange accusations in oil search spat

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Turkey, Greek Cyprus exchange accusations in oil search spat

Turkey accused a Greek Cypriot oil search mission in the Mediterranean Sea of violating its territorial rights, and vowed to make its own protests to international bodies over the dispute.
"We consider it an adventurist move to carry out activities on Turkey's continental shelf at a time when negotiations for a comprehensive settlement are under way in Cyprus," foreign ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin told AFP on Tuesday .
Ankara has moved to lodge protests against the Greek administration in Cyprus at international bodies, he added, without giving details. Greek Cypriots earlier accused Turkey of harassing two Panamanian-flagged vessels in international waters on Nov. 13, and said that a second incident occurred on Nov. 24.
Turkey has said the exploration was encroaching its continental shelf, while Greek Cypriots said the incidents occurred in a maritime zone it has rights over under international conventions. ispute flared amid U.N.-brokered talks between Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias aimed at ending the island's 44-year division. "We will decisively defend the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus... and we have reported the provocative actions of
Ankara to the United Nations and the EU," Christofias said. The Greek Cypriot administration has signed gas and oil exploration deals with Egypt and Lebanon, prompting protests from Turkey on grounds that the deals infringe on the rights of Turkish Cypriots.

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