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Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won’t be stopped


The speaker of Egypt’s parliament appeared to push back Monday at Turkey’s opposition to offshore drilling operations that Turkey isn’t part of, saying cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece sent a message to any countries that tried to stop them.

Egypt’s Ali Abdel-Aal didn’t specifically mention Turkey during a trilateral meeting with the parliament speakers of Greece and Cyprus in Nicosia. But the context for his remarks in the capital of Cyprus, an island nation divided into ethnically Turkish and Greek sides, was clear.

“This meeting sends a great message to all countries that try to prevent eastern Mediterranean countries from using their natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea,” Abdel-Aal said.ADVERTISING

Host speaker Demetris Syllouris was more direct. He accused Turkey of violating international law by using “threats and provocations” to make Cyprus’ offshore exploration areas its own, including by dispatching a vessel to perform seismic surveys off Cyprus.

Source tri-cityherald

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