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International companies, which cooperate with Greek Cypurs in off shore oil and gas search, will not be allowed to participate in Turkish energy projects, Foreign Ministry says. ‘Both communities must decide together how maritime natural gas and oil resources will be used,’ the statement also notes

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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu DAILY NEWS

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Turkey warned 15 companies, who submitted bids in a fresh Greek Cypriot tender for oil exploration in disputed areas of the Mediterranean, to withdraw from the project.

“The companies which cooperate with GKRY [the Greek Cypriot administration] will not be included in energy projects in Turkey in the future,” a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday.

Turkey’s warning came after Greek Cyprus announced that 29 companies had made 15 bids for exploratory drilling in a second round of licensing to exploit offshore oil and gas deposits despite strong objections from Turkey. Russia’s Novatec, Italy’s ENI, France’s Total and Malaysia’s Petronas, ATP of the US, Canada’s Petra Petroleum, Israel’s Delek and Britain’s Vitol are among 15 firms and consortiums seeking a license to carry out exploratory drilling off Cyprus Island.

The statement said the exploration was an abuse of the rights of Turkish Cypriots to the same resources. Some areas of the new bid overlaps Turkey’s continental shelf in the Mediterranean, the statement said. “As expressed before, Turkey will not allow any activity on these areas,” the foreign ministry said.


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Chris Green

5/21/2012 2:55:39 AM

Holland, that nation that covered themselves with military glory when they oversaw and failed to intervene in July 1995 over the Srebrinica massacres by Mladic! Much to be proud of there!

de Wit Hans A.

5/20/2012 7:55:12 PM

@DutchTurk: I stated that Holland is 6th weapon producer aka exporter. No need for extra budget when you make them...don't you think? Now back to your Nintendo games.


5/20/2012 6:01:35 PM

@Berge Baronian, well it will be a cliche but we are Turks, not Arabs, since you probably don't know it. That is also what Churchill thought, but was a different story when his soldiers set foot on Turkish soil. @ de Wit, go dream man, the Dutch Armed Forces has to cut it's military expenses. While Turkey is boosting it's defense industry.

john albay

5/20/2012 4:07:48 PM

@peter kypros What a load of lies and rubbish you write! Did you forget ENOSIS? did you forget you greek cypriots were busy killing us Turkish cypriots and wanted to throw us into the sea? What about the inhuman embargo against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus forgotten that as well? You greek cypriots lie and swindle all day long and then you wonder why we no longer wish to re unite!

Chris Green

5/20/2012 12:26:46 AM

And Dave- hiding behind an assumed name, the company I formally worked for are, in fact, international but not related to the business interests I now have. You might also wish to consider making these exchanges less personal.

Chris Green

5/19/2012 10:27:56 PM

Dave - wrong company! Moved on sometime since!

Berge Baronian

5/19/2012 9:19:26 PM

DutchTurk JANICAR....Hahahaha I'm still laughing even more at your comment....President Nasser of Egypt also thought and had his people believe he can win a war with Israel...that is until he went to war with Israel in 1967 and then he was humiliated...Turkey is running down the same road....One day nobody is going to believe Turkey

Red Tail

5/19/2012 7:49:15 PM

I am not so sure comments and statements like this one is good for our international reputation. Sure, we can say that we have the right to trade with who ever we want, we can use our veto power, etc etc. But how will it influence our overall and general reputatoin on the international arena? When reading newspapers I can not help seing that the rethorics and the tone is usually very aggressive and mostly AGAINST some country, almost never friendly and WITH another country. It is not good.


5/19/2012 7:25:03 PM

Should it not be TRNC giving such an ultimatum? One does not need to be a fortune teller to see that with such a pile of unresolved sovereignity issues on the table, Greeks are playing with fire. Again!

de Wit Hans A.

5/19/2012 7:23:11 PM

@DutchTurk: Turkey is not even the 10th strongest army. Just check your facts in Jane's Weekly. And who has their own nukes. Start making own weapons including software first. Holland:6th largest weaponry producer. Get out of your LaLa-world, joker.
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