Under the title “The crisis is coming”, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (10.07.17), on its front page, reports that as soon as the Cyprus talks collapsed, a new “incident” is expected in Cyprus. The paper argues that despite all the objections of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side, the drilling for natural gas in Block 11 will start on July 13.
The drillship “West Capella”, which will carry out the drilling in Blok 11 on behalf of French Total in consortium with Italian Eni, passed Rodos island and is on its way to Cyprus within a day distance. It will be in the Block on July 11 and on July 13 it will carry out a drilling test. According to the paper, the drilling will officially start on July 16.
Meanwhile, the paper further reports that when it first reported on the launching of drilling by Total in Block 11, Turkey’s Energy Ministry immediately announced that it would also carry out exploring and drilling in the Mediterranean sea within 2017.
Claiming that Block 11 is not part of the area, where the Turkish Cypriot side claims to have rights and the fact that Block 11 is in the open sea, the paper argues that these reasons remove the obstacles for sending Turkish war vessels to the area and that the Greek Cypriot side concerned about this.