Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus
Turkey said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights. (File/AFP)
Updated 15 November 2019

Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus
  • Turkey said it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights
  • Yavuz is another Turkish drillship off the west coast of Cyprus

ANKARA: The Turkish oil-and-gas drilling ship Fatih has started its operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said on Friday, despite warnings from European Union for Ankara to stand down.
On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Turkey over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.
Another Turkish drillship, Yavuz, is off the west coast of Cyprus.