The Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın has said that Turkey’s position regarding hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean will not change.
Speaking at a routine press conference, the Turkish Presidential Spokesman said that Turkey supported from the very beginning the idea that any hydrocarbon activities to be carried out in the area should be done jointly by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and South Cyprus.
“There is an established regime or order in the area regarding hydrocarbon exploration. There is the Exclusive Economic Zone. The principle we support from the beginning is for any activity to be carried out to be done jointly by the TRNC and South Cyprus. The Greek Cypriot side is violating this principle” he said.
Commenting on the reports that ships from the US 6th US fleet have arrived in the area, Kalın said “the US 6th fleet has still not arrived there. Our initiatives within this framework are still continuing. We shall continue to carry out our own exploration activities within our own territory. I would like to make a call. Let us turn the Eastern Mediterranean into a place that will benefit everyone…not a region of conflict or tension.”