Turkey Reserves New Area Off Cyprus for Oil Drilling

Turkey issued a new Navigational Telex (Navtex) on Thursday night, making it known that they are reserving a maritime area in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for additional oil drilling operations.

The new Navtex particularly concerns the movements of the Turkish drillship “Fatih,” and the new directives will come into force as of September 4.

The Fatih will move about four nautical miles northwest of where the vessel is now located. The new round of drilling is expected to last from September 4 to November 1, 2019.

On Wednesday, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades stated that the major obstacle in solving the Cyprus issue is what he called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “vision of a new Ottoman Empire,” including an energy invasion off the coast of the island.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 20th World Conference of Overseas Cypriots in Nicosia, Anastasiades said Turkey is blocking a solution to the longstanding political impasse.