Turkey will not allow foreign companies to conduct hydrocarbon exploration, says Foreign Ministry
Turkey rebuked Greek Cypriot administration on Friday over its announcing a tender for new hydrocarbon exploration offshore the long-divided Mediterranean Island.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Friday that the Greek Cypriot administration was challenging the right of Turks on the island at a time when the two sides are negotiating over a possible reunification.
“The Greek administration’s decision to open a tender on the one hand disregards the Turkish Cypriot side’s equal rights and interests on the island’s natural resources and on the other hand violates our country’s continental shelf rights in the region,” the statement said.
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