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EU: Turkey's Drilling off Cyprus Coast of "Grave Concern"

By  AOG Staff Monday, 08 July 2019 05:43
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The European Union on Monday said Turkey's plan to drill for oil and gas off Cyprus was of grave concern and an unacceptable escalation of tensions surrounding the Mediterranean island.

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"Turkey's declared intention to illegally conduct a new drilling operation northeast of Cyprus is of grave concern," the EU foreign policy branch said in a statement.

"This second planned drilling operation, two months after the start of the ongoing drilling operations west of Cyprus, is a further unacceptable escalation which violates the sovereignty of Cyprus." 

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel)

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