Standoff In High Seas As Cyprus Says Turkey Blocks Gas Drill Ship



Standoff In High Seas As Cyprus Says Turkey Blocks Gas Drill Ship
Cyprus accuses the Turkish military of obstructing a ship contracted by Italian oil company Eni.

Turkey's ministry of foreign affairs said it would continue to protect Turkey's own rights and interests on its continental shelf, and those of Turkish Cypriots.

"We also make use of this opportunity to strongly emphasize our expectation that companies centred in third countries refrain from supporting ... this unconstructive Greek Cypriot attitude which also constitutes a major obstacle to the settlement of the Cyprus issue," it said.

(Reporting By Michele Kambas, additional reporting by Gavin Jones in Rome, Stephen Jewkes in Milan and Orhan Coskun in Ankara; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Susan Fenton and David Evans)


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