Turkey’s Energy Minister:All seismic research activities have ceased


Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız has announced that all seismic research activities around the island of Cyprus have ceased following a coordinated effort between all the sides concerned.

Yıldız said that the Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa Siesmic Research Ship was currently undergoing repairs at the port of Mersin and would set out for new seismic research off the coast of Iskenderun on the 6th of April.

Speaking to the Anatolian News Agency, Yıldız said that Turkey was opposed to the idea of conducting unilateral exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean because of the fact that there was ambiguity regarding EEZ’s of countries in the region.

“The situation involving Greece, the Greek Cypriot Administration and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was not sustainable. I am convinced that all sides will be showing the necessary care and sensitivity on this issue. The Barbaros is currently in Mersin undergoing repairs. We are extremely pleased with the work it has carried out. It will be embarking to İskenderun on April 6 where it will conduct new seismic research there” he said.

Asked whether or not Israel’s natural gas could be transported via Turkey, Yıldız said “It’s obvious that this is the most feasible way. This is known by us and it is known by them. As it seems that Turkey’s geography is the most suited for the purpose of transporting this natural gas, it will pass over Turkey and we will have to oversee our relations accordingly”.

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