Turkey starts oil, gas search in Turkish Cyprus
SINIRUSTU - The Associated Press
AA PhotoTurkey has begun exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the northern section of ethnically divided Cyprus, heightening a dispute over the Mediterranean island's potential fuel riches.
The move counters an offshore gas search by rival Greek Cypriots in the island's internationally recognized southern half that has raised tensions with Ankara.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz joined Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu to inaugurate the drilling today.