Turkey has announced that it will send Seismic Search Ship ‘Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasa’ to Cyprus in response to Greek Cypriot unilateral natural gas operations. The Greek Cypriot Administration claimed that it was contrary to international law to conduct seismic exploration of Turkey in this area.
Turkey has issued a notification to mariners (Navtex). A wide range of seismic surveys were scheduled to begin between 21 April and 30 June.
The ‘Barbaros Hayreddin’ will be accompanied by support ship ‘Bravo Supporter’.
The Greek Cypriot government has threatened to give the necessary response based on international law if the Turkish seismic search vessels arrive in the region and begin operations.
The Greek Cypriot Administration, which is planning to conduct a very large field seismic survey, including the so-called Greek Exclusive Economic Zone, off Famagusta in TRNC territorial waters, believes that the implementation of this would mean violation of sovereign rights.
Turkey opposes the unilateral natural gas drilling that will be launched by the Greek Cypriot side in July because the Turkish side also has the right to natural resources.
The TRNC’s oil exploration rights are have been awarded to the Turkish Petroleum Corporation.