Qa-42, 10 June 2019, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question Regarding The News On The Arrest Warrants Issued By The Greek Cypriot Administration For The Crew Of Our Drilling Ship Fatih And For The Executives Of The Partner Companies Of The Turkish Petroleum

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 10.06.2019

We are closely following the news claiming that the Greek Cypriot Administration has reportedly issued arrest warrants for the crew of our drilling ship Fatih and for the executives of the partner companies of the Turkish Petroleum.

If the Greek Cypriot Administration, who ignores the very existence of the Turkish Cypriots and violates their rights, has really taken such decision crossing the line, it will be considered by us as null and void. No one should have any doubt that the necessary response will be given, in case of such an insolence.

The Greek Cypriot Administration cannot take such a legal action based on a so-called national law, for a unilaterally claimed maritime area which is not delimited in accordance with international law. This is also incompatible with international law.

Consequently, we will initiate the necessary counter-legal actions, together with our relevant authorities.

The methods of the Greek Cypriot Administration in a vain effort to stop our activities within our continental shelf will not yield any result.

Turkey will continue to resolutely conduct its oil and natural gas exploration/drilling activities as planned, with a view to protecting its rights in its continental shelf, as well as the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, as a co-owner of the Island.

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