Taner Yıldız, Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister has announced that all seismic research activities around Cyprus have ceased following a coordinated effort between all the sides concerned.
Yıldız said that seismic survey vessel ‘Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa’ was currently undergoing repairs at the port of Mersin and would set out on new seismic research operations off the coast of Iskenderun on 6th April.
Speaking to the Anatolian News Agency, Yıldız said that Turkey was opposed to the idea of conducting unilateral exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean because of the ambiguity surrounding the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of countries in the region.
“The situation involving Greece, south Cyprus and north Cyprus was not sustainable. I am convinced that all sides will be demonstrating the necessary care and sensitivity on this issue. The ‘Barbaros’ is currently in Mersin undergoing repairs. We are extremely pleased with the work it has carried out. It will be departing for İskenderun on April 6 where it will conduct new seismic research there”, he said.
Asked whether or not Israel’s natural gas could be transported via Turkey, Yıldız said “It’s obvious that this is the most feasible way. They know it and we know it. As it appears that Turkey’s geography is the most suited for the purpose of transporting natural gas, it will pass across Turkey and we will have to manage our relations accordingly”, Yıldız concluded.