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Turkey will not permit drilling in its maritime territories

3 May 2017

North Cyprus News - Admiral Bostanoglu aboard TCG Gaziantep

Admiral Bulent Bostanoglu, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, has visited the frigate TCG ‘Gaziantep’ which patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean and observed the work of seismic vessel ‘Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa’, which is carrying out seismic explorations offshore Cyprus.

Citing Anatolia news agency, ‘Kibris Gazetesi’ writes that the Admiral‘s visit had sent a clear message that Turkey will not allow foreign companies to carry out hydrocarbon research and extraction activities in Turkey’s area of maritime jurisdiction, without its permission. The visit is thought to be a sign that all necessary measures will be taken with determination to “protect Turkey’s and the TRNC’s interests and rights“.

Anatolia news agency recalled that the Turkish Naval Forces have been executing the ‘Mediterranean Shield Operation’ since 2006 with the aim of protecting Turkish interests and rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and to deter illegal activities.

Kibris Gazetesi

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