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US urges Turkey against drilling operations off Cyprus

 

The U.S. has urged Turkey to reconsider its decision to start offshore drilling operations in Cyprus, according to a statement.

 

 

“The United States is deeply concerned by Turkey's announced intentions to begin offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by the Republic of Cyprus as its Exclusive Economic Zone,” Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the U.S. Department State said in a statement on May 5.

“This step is highly provocative and risks raising tensions in the region,” Ortagus added.

“We urge Turkish authorities to halt these operations and encourage all parties to act with restraint,” it said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

 

Turkish Drilling in Cypriot-claimed Waters
Press Statement
Morgan Ortagus
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 5, 2019

The United States is deeply concerned by Turkey’s announced intentions to begin offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by the Republic of Cyprus as its Exclusive Economic Zone. This step is highly provocative and risks raising tensions in the region. We urge Turkish authorities to halt these operations and encourage all parties to act with restraint.

Source: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2019/05/291497.htm

 

 

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