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Turkey examine drilling opportunities in Cypriot waters

27 Nov 2014
Peace talks in Cyprus have collapsed following plans by Turkey to examine the possibilities for drilling for oil and gas in waters already licensed for drilling by Cyprus.

The tension rose on Friday when Turkey sent a warship into the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone to conduct seismic surveys, provoking outrage from Cypriot politicians.

Turkey has reportedly since ignored Cypriot calls to send its ships back.

An Exclusive Economic Zone is an area designated by the UN to be used specifically by one state for the purpose of exploration for natural resources, thus making Turkey’s move a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.