Turkey slams joint Announcement by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

Turkish drilling ship Kanuni is seen docked at the port of Haydarpasa in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Oct. 17, the discovery of 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves off the Black Sea coast, in addition to the August's announcement of the discovery of 320 billion cubic meters as Turkey increased its maritime search for hydrocarbon resources. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed a joint announcement by Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy mining from the eastern Mediterranean and many”provocations” they assert are threatening regional peace.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it”completely rejected the statement containing baseless accusations and allegations.”

The joint statement also requested Turkey to take Cyprus’ invitation to enter negotiations for an agreement on maritime delimitations. Greece and Cyprus have signed marine boundary arrangements with Egypt while blowing off a similar bargain that Ankara signed Libya’s Tripoli-based authorities as”legally invalid.”.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated the statement attacked Ankara instead of encouraging stability and peace in the area. It replicated Turkey’s place that collaboration could only occur with the addition of Turkish Cypriots in regulating and sharing the resources of this ethnically divided island country.

“We shall continue with determination to secure our rights and the rights of Turkish Cypriots from the eastern Mediterranean,” the ministry statement said.

In late-night, Turkey discharged a research vessel escorted by warships to conduct empirical research at a component of the Mediterranean Sea which Greece claims as its territory, which prompted the Greek authorities to deploy its warships.

Turkey pulled the study boat back to shore for many weeks for maintenance and also to allow time for diplomacy however redeployed the Oruc Reis to a brand new energy exploration assignment. A marine statement by Turkey states that the Oruc Reis and two additional boats would keep on functioning in the region before Oct. 27.

Turkey also has had boats prospecting for gas and oil reserves in waters which Cyprus asserts as its exclusive economic zone.