Turkey's decision to issue a NAVTEX warning on parts of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone is the most serious provocation since the EEZ was established and exploration for hydrocarbons began, said Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
The warning is sent to ships in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying that Turkey is conducting hydrocarbon exploration around Cyprus - and is issued on an illegal basis, said the minister, who also criticised the Turkish-Cypriot leadership for participating in the intimidation of ships in the region. The NAVTEX warning was sent at 7.30pm on October 3rd, 2014. Meanwhile, Turkey said it will send a drilling platform to Block 9 - where ENI/KOGAS is drilling - to 'protect' the rights of Turkish Cypriots. Turkey has occupied Cyprus since 1974 in breach of all UN resolutions.
Revenues from hydrocarbons belongs to all Cypriots, and the Turkish Cypriots have benefited from Cyprus' EU membership as most of them receive EU identity cards and can travel freely to EU countries, said Mr. Kasoulides. The government has repeated ad nauseum that the country's fossil fuel wealth belongs to all Cypriots, said the minister.