Cyprus issued arrest warrants for Turkish drilling ship crew

“We’re in the process of identifying the individuals and collecting data on the crews”

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has called Turkey’s deployment of a survey vessel to drill for hydrocarbons near the island a “second invasion” and a breach of international law, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reported on Tuesday.

Turkey invaded the island in 1974 in response to a coup d’etat backed by Greece’s military junta.

Cypriot authorities on Monday said Turkey should halt operations in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Greek newspaper Hellas Journal reported.

Ankara has sent its Fatih vessel to the area to conduct drilling for oil and gas with plans to conduct the drilling not inside Cyprus’s actual EEZ, but in territory that Greece claims for its own.

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