Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is escorted by Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gemlik (F-492) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Cyprus. File photo/Reuters
Cyprus on Friday said Turkey’s actions in sending a drill ship to an area Nicosia has licensed for offshore hydrocarbons exploration was a ‘severe escalation’ of what it said was Ankara’s violations of the island’s sovereign rights.
Turkey has sent an oil and gas drilling ship to waters off southern Cyprus where Greek Cypriot authorities have already awarded exploration rights to Italian and French companies.
On Friday morning the drill ship, the Yavuz, had stopped some 51 nautical miles south-west of Cyprus.
The earthquake struck minutes after 01:00 GMT in the early hours of the morning and was felt in southern Turkey, Israel, Egypt and the Greek islands of Crete and Rhodes, the broadcaster reported.
In response to the US decision to end its arms embargo on the Cyprus republic, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his intention to reinforce the Turkish military presence in occupied northern Cyprus.
Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday it rejected statements by Greek and European Union officials that Turkish drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus was illegitimate and said the EU could
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said recently the two-state solution for Cyprus is not an option and Germany will continue to promote de-escalation of tensions on the island and the internationally recognised bizonal, bicommunal federal solution reuniting together the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Citing the confessional statement, the investigators said he had taken his children on a motorbike to Lulliyani Canal in District Kasur. He asked his children to pose for a selfie, but suddenly, he pushed them into the canal.
At least ten people were killed in India's state of Sikkim and 82 others, including 23 army personnel, were missing after heavy rainfall caused the glacial Lhonak lake to overflow, spurring catastrophic flooding in the region on Wednesday, officials said.
Abu Dhabi Police pointed out that the entrances, including Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, Mussafah Bridge and Maqta Bridge are not allowed to use during morning rush hours only by large buses transporting workers.