(Vatican Radio) Tensions are mounting between Cyprus and Turkey over oil and gas exploration
in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Drilling of an appraisal well in block 12
of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone has begun and is expected is set to last approximately
In a written statement, the Turkish Cypriot administration says
these “provocative steps” are “an unacceptable approach which increases tension in
At the heart of the dispute is how any revenues from the oil and
natural gas exploration will be shared between Greek Cypriots, who control the internationally
recognized government, and Turkish Cypriots in the north.
backs the Turkish Cypriots, says it objects to the drilling and that it will take
action if the exploration goes ahead before a solution to the 37-year-old division
of Cyprus is found.
Some analysts say the oil and gas exploration will add
extra pressure to the any attempt to re-unite the island, with UN sponsored peace
talks expected to resume in October.