EU: Turkey should refrain from threats against Cyprus and EEZ
The European Union has called on Turkey to refrain from making threats against the Republic of Cyprus with regard to its oil and natural gas exploration plans.
To this effect, a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign policy chief, Mrs. Catherine Ashton, has told reporters in Brussels that ''The EU urges Turkey to refrain from any kind of threats, sources of friction that could negatively affect good neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of border disputes.''
According to the Reuters News Agency, the spokeswoman for Mrs. Ashton, Mrs. Maja Kocijancic, also added that Turkey should work towards a comprehensive solution for the Cyprus problem.
Senior Turkish government officials have recently warned that Ankara will not hesitate to deploy warships in the Mediterranean if the Republic of Cyprus enters Turkish territorial waters during oil exploration efforts in the Mediterranean.
Houston-based company Noble Energy is expected to begin drilling in Cyprus'EEZ in late September. The company has a concession to look for hydrocarbons in an offshore field in Cyprus' EEZ, south-east of Cyprus, known as Block 12.