Turkey’s “insolence” warnings fail to deter Cyprus from issuing arrest warrants for Turkish drill ship crew

By bne IntelliNews June 13, 2019

Despite statements from Turkey that it would be guilty of “insolence” if it issued arrest warrants for the crew of a Turkish drill ship, Cyprus went ahead and did just that on June 13.

The ship is anchored close to the coast of Cyprus where it is allegedly infringing exclusive territory over which Nicosia has rights to explore for oil and gas.

“We can confirm that warrants were issued. It’s a double digit number,” a Cypriot official was cited as saying by Reuters, declining further comment.

Turkey said on June 10 that the arrest warrants would “cross the line”, with a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman saying: “No one should have any doubt that the necessary response will be given, in case of such an insolence.”

Ankara insists that the Turkish Cypriots that since 1974 have controlled a breakaway territory in the north of Cyprus are entitled to an equal share of oil and gas resources around the island.

Turkey claims territory off the west of Cyprus is part of its continental shelf.

The EU and US have warned Turkey not to drill for oil and gas in the defined exclusive economic zone claimed by Nicosia.

Related Articles

Turkey’s Oct industrial output data “ice in pants for those hoping for V-shape recovery” says economist

Turkish industrial production rose for the second-straight month in October—but the pace of the recorded growth was significantly less than anticipated, weighing on expectations for a fast ... more

Turkish coach and light truck maker Temsa reportedly in debt repayment difficulties with banks

Turkish coach, bus and light truck maker Temsa is having problems repaying its loan debts to the banks, Dunya business daily has reported. Company officials declined to comment. The newspaper ... more

Greece expels Libyan ambassador in row over maritime boundaries deal with Turkey that ignores Crete

Greece said on December 6 it was expelling the Libyan ambassador as an expression of its anger over an ... more