Cyprus says Turkish drill ship off its coast serious sovereignty breach

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Cyprus said on Monday it ‘strongly condemns’ what it said was an infringement of its sovereign rights by Turkey after Ankara sent a drill ship off the island to explore for oil and gas.

“This planned second drilling … is an escalation by Turkey of its repeated violations of Cyprus’s sovereign rights based on the U.N. Law of the Sea and international law, and is a most serious violation of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus,” Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia said in a statement.

The drillship, Yavuz, is the second Turkish-owned drillship to dock close to Cyprus in the past two months. Another ship, the Fatih, has been off the western coast of Cyprus since early May.

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