Grecia en alerta por envío de un barco de prospección turco a aguas disputadas
August 11, 2020 - Turquía ha prometido seguir adelante con su búsqueda de petróleo y gas en el Mediterráneo oriental, señalando que planea emitir nuevas licencias de exploración para el área a pesar de la intensificación de una disputa con Grecia por los derechos de perforación.
The Greek government, meanwhile, was calling for an emergency meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on the situation.
Tension remained high between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, both of which have warships shadowing a Turkish research vessel that was sent to carry out seismic research for energy resources in an area Greece says is on its continental shelf.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey planned to conduct search operations “on the western edges” of Turkey’s continental shelf. He said the work would be done on behalf of both Turkey and Turks in ethnically divided Cyprus, which also has objected to Ankara’s exploration activities.
The Turkish government announced on Monday that its research vessel Oruc Reis and two support vessels would be operating in the Mediterranean Sea between Cyprus and Greece until Aug. 23. The vessel arrived in the area Monday morning, escorted by Turkish warships.
Greece slammed the decision as an illegal act that infringed on its sovereign rights, saying the Turkish research vessel was inside an area covered by the Greek continental shelf. Greek warships were in the area and were monitoring the Oruc Reis, and the military was on alert, officials said.