Under the title “Move which will anger the Greek Cypriots in the Mediterranean”, Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (28.04.12) reports that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), which recently took the first (illegal) step in its oil explorations in the occupied area of Cyprus by launching land drilling, has acquired license for explorations in the largest field of the area. A decision by the Turkish Council of Ministers gave TPAO license to carry out explorations and production of oil in Turkey’s all so-called exclusive economic zones.

 According to the paper, with this decision, which was published in its official gazette on 27 April, 2012, Turkey challenges the alliance between the Republic of Cyprus and Israel which “had made a move for oil” in the Mediterranean. Sabah writes that maps were also published in the above-mentioned issue of the official gazette and that the fields of the so-called Turkish exclusive economic zone coincide with parcels 1,4,5,6, and 7 of the Republic of Cyprus. Sabah publishes a map, which shows that this area coincides with seven parcels of the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus.

 The paper argues that the new licenses were also a reply given to Greece, “which claims rights to carry out explorations for oil in the Mediterranean because of its small islands of 12 square meters”. TPAO announced that it has licenses to carry out explorations in an area in the Mediterranean reaching until the island of Rhodes, to the middle of Egyptian border and the south west of Cyprus. Noting that they will launch seismic studies in the entire Mediterranean, TPAO officials estimated that foreign companies might be interested in the tenders for searching for oil.

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