Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Tuesday that stability in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean will only be achieved if the interests of Turkey and the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus are safeguarded.
Speaking at the 11th Ambassadors’ Conference in Ankara, Erdogan reportedly said that the “stability of the Eastern Mediterranean is significant for the security of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe,” according to daily newspaper Kathimerini.
“Stability in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean can only be achieved if care is given to the rights of Turkey and the (self-named) Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” the President added.
Meanwhile, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported that the drillship Yavuz has begun operating off the coast of Cyprus, just south of the island’s Karpasia Peninsula.
At the same time, a second Turkish drillship, the Fatih, is proceeding with its surveying work west of the Akamas Peninsula in western Cyprus.