Cyprus a victim again.
The Proof is here.
Some very interesting developments have occurred since 2007, yea that long ago but are very relevant at present. In fact so relevant it could well be a little scary for the civilian population of the island of Cyprus. The title says it all Cyprus the victim once again.
The southern side of Cyprus has decided it would begin drilling for natural gas, once Ankara(Mainland capital of Turkey) heard of this they sent military escorted survey vessel.
Cyprus was invaded over 35 years ago on the claims that Greek Cypriots were treating Turkish ottoman Turks inhumanely on the island. The Greek Cypriots argument was well they should ship up and leave back to Turkey. Turkey refused these people to return to Turkey never the less the Greek Cypriots were what can only but be described as racist to the Turkish Cypriots on the island. Turkey then decided to invade the island to effectively put a stop to the racist violence being committed by the Greek Cypriots.
As one can quite quickly see if you look into this situation that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots arguments are not in existence any more. In fact racism in today’s day, especially due to Cyprus being part of the EU. This re-ocurance of civil unrest can not occur.
Its has come to my attention though that somewhat something that may just prove alteria motive from Turkey that affects the national property of Cyprus. Natural Gas, oil and any minerals the island of Cyprus has belongs of course to Cyprus, it is unfair to belong to anyone else other than Cyprus.
Cyprus is again victimized clearly buy Turkey not allowing Cyprus to drill for natural gas, setting up its own drilling in the North of Cyprus to gain its own presence and or claim to energy resources of Cyprus. Alteria motive can be seen as clear as day here proving Turkeys dominance and possible real reasons for continuing to occupy the island still to this day.
Here is an excerpt up to 2011 on the report of the situation and military escorted servalance ship into Cypriot waters, regardless of the respect of any UN treaty or authority.
Tensions have been increasing in the eastern Mediterranean over an
energy exploration project initiated by the government of Cyprus, which
controls the southwestern part of the island. The Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus, which is not recognized by any country other than
Turkey and hosts Turkish military forces in the island’s northeast, has
protested that the island’s sovereignty issues must be resolved before
Cyprus proceeds unilaterally with energy development. Both Cyprus and
Turkey see an opportunity in pushing the dispute right now, but Turkey’s
options in the confrontation are limited, and the real challenge will
come if Cyprus insists on proceeding from exploration to actual energy
A Turkish seismic survey vessel started natural gas exploration Sept. 27
in an area off the southern coast of Cyprus, near where the Cypriot
government began drilling Sept. 20. Ankara’s move to begin exploration
follows a deal reached Sept. 21 between Turkey and the Turkish Republic
of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which controls the northeastern part of the
island, on a continental shelf delimitation agreement giving the coastal
state the right to exploit seabed resources and licensing the Turkish
Petroleum International Co. to begin energy exploration there. Turkey
also has stated that it will send naval submarines and frigates to
protect the survey vessel, though details on this remain unclear.
Tensions over energy issues were simmering for years before the recent
escalation. Turkey has opposed drilling by the Cypriot government since
plans were initially put forward in 2007, but Ankara did not take any
significant action against the project until the drilling began; the
deployment of the seismic survey vessel and supporting the TRNC’s own
energy projects is Turkey’s way of catching up. However, the conflict
has less to do with energy competition than with Turkey’s geopolitical
Cyprus believes the present circumstances give it a unique opportunity
to initiate its energy development project. For one, the fraying ties
between Turkey and Israel increase the risks for Ankara of conducting
any sort of naval operations close to the drilling area. Turkey’s ties
with the European Union are also at a low point. Cyprus hopes to portray
Ankara as a provocateur in this dispute and undermine Turkish-EU
relations further before assuming the rotating EU presidency in the
second half of 2012.
Turkey also sees an opportunity in the situation. [IMG] Ankara is viewed
as a rising power in the region, but thus far it has had difficulty
substantiating its position with anything more than rhetoric. After
learning the limits of rhetoric in its confrontation with Israel,
failing to secure even an apology for the deaths of nine Turks in the
May 2010 flotilla incident, Turkey has looked elsewhere in the eastern
Mediterranean – to Cyprus – for a place to demonstrate its influence.
With the European Union currently distracted by the Greek debt crisis,
Ankara believes now is the time to pressure Cyprus, but it is not clear
how hard Turkey is willing to push in making its presence felt.
Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean
Cyprus has been divided since Turkey militarily intervened there in 1974
after a Greek-inspired coup attempt. The island is split between a Greek
Cypriot southwest, which is internationally recognized, and a Turkish
Cypriot northeast represented by the TRNC, which was established in 1983
and is only recognized by Ankara. Peace talks between the two sides
began in 2008, but little progress has been made. Turkey has asserted
that Cyprus does not have the right to exploit the island’s seabed
resources unilaterally until the island’s status is resolved, a right
the Greek Cypriot government, as the island’s only official
representative at the United Nations and a member of the European Union,
Turkey, Cyprus: Rising Energy Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean
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Despite Turkey’s protests, the Greek Cypriot government went ahead with
the development plans, granting U.S.-based Noble Energy an exploration
license in 2007 in Block 12 (where drilling began Sept. 20) of Cyprus’
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a maritime boundary that gives a state
the right to conduct economic activities up to 200 nautical miles (370
kilometers) from its coast. Block 12 is the only area in the EEZ for
which Cyprus has granted a license, and it sits near the Leviathan and
Tamar offshore fields, which Israel has been developing in partnership
with Noble Energy since 1998.
Israel signed an agreement with Cyprus recognizing the Cypriot
government’s EEZ in December 2010, a few months after the May flotilla
incident severely damaged relations with Turkey – likely not a
coincidence. (Cyprus signed similar deals with Egypt in 2003 and Lebanon
in 2007.) Though Israel has largely stayed out of the current dispute
between Turkey and Cyprus, it has been happy to see Turkey’s rhetorical
calls for an end to drilling go unheeded and remind Turkey of the costs
of losing Israel as a partner.
Tensions had already been increasing in the eastern Mediterranean after
the Turkish government announced Sept. 8 that its warships would escort
any aid ship that sails toward the Gaza Strip to break the
Israeli-imposed blockade. This announcement was made shortly after the
leaking of a newspaper report that said the U.N. investigation on the
flotilla incident found the Israeli action legal. Even though it is yet
to be seen whether Turkey would make good on this threat (or even allow
another aid ship to sail toward Gaza from its ports), it nevertheless
indicated that Turkey was not officially ruling out a military role in
addressing its concerns. Now the Turkish energy minister has stated that
Ankara will send frigates and submarines deployed in the eastern
Mediterranean to escort the survey vessel conducting energy exploration
Europe and the Timing Question
Ankara expected that the financial turmoil currently engulfing Europe –
with Cyprus’ main benefactor, Greece, at its epicenter – would make
Cyprus feel more vulnerable to Turkish pressure and thus more likely to
capitulate. In addition, Turkey’s relations with the European Union are
at their lowest point, and Ankara is unlikely to adjust its behavior to
curry the favor of a bloc that appears unlikely to ever let Turkey join
it. Indeed, no chapter in Turkey-EU accession talks has opened since
July 2010, and the Turkish government already announced it would suspend
all ties with the European Union when Cyprus assumes the European
Union’s rotating presidency in 2012. The division was demonstrated most
recently when German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointedly stated on the
eve of Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s Sept. 20 visit that Germany did
not favor Turkey’s joining the bloc.
Turkey has not formally dropped its EU bid but has mainly continued it
for public relations reasons as it increasingly turns its attention to
the Middle East, where it has a historical leadership role. The
long-stagnant EU application, therefore, will not make Turkey
particularly sensitive to Brussels’ condemnation if Ankara decides to
escalate its actions from rhetoric and sending surveying vessels to a
more active role for the naval assets it claims to have deployed to
Turkey Lacking Washington’s Support
In pursuing the Cyprus issue, Turkey had hoped to receive the backing of
the United States. Washington needs help from Ankara on a number of
issues, from containing Iran’s influence in Iraq after the U.S.
withdrawal to a ballistic missile defense installation aimed at
countering Russia. Turkey hoped that, if not outright endorsing Ankara’s
position and calling for Cyprus to end its drilling, the United States
would at least turn a blind eye to Turkey’s efforts. However, this has
turned out not to be the case. A U.S.-based company is involved in
Cyprus’ drilling operations, and Washington is making clear in a number
of ways that it is supporting Cyprus in the dispute.
Ultimately, Turkey is facing serious constraints in its effort to halt
Cypriot energy exploration. While STRATFOR sources have said the Turkish
government will tolerate exploration but draws a redline on energy
production from Block 12, there is little Turkey can do short of
military action to stop the Cypriot government. Even trying to begin its
own energy production as a response is not a likely option, because
while the Turkish Petroleum International Co. may be able to conduct
exploration on its own, it would need to find a foreign partner with the
technical capabilities to begin resource extraction. And few foreign
firms would be willing to take the political risk of working with Turkey
and the TRNC, which is not internationally recognized, in these waters.
Turkey chose to confront Cyprus on the energy issue because it believed
the move, if successful, could serve to prevent Ankara from gaining a
reputation as being unable to make good on its rhetoric or purported
influence. If it fails to get Cyprus to stop drilling, Turkey will look
even more ineffectual than it began. Ankara has raised the stakes for
itself in this dispute, and the question now becomes whether it backs
down on pressuring Cyprus to stop the drilling, or if not, how far it is
willing to take matters in order to prevent another embarrassment.
To me and i think many of the rest of the world that remember the Turkish invasion all them years ago, it puts a shiver up my spine. The excerpt proves without any question of a doubt clearly that bullying a damn right disrespect for Cyprus and its resources. It could be seen that Cyprus is being held prisoner against its will by Turkey who wish to profit in many ways more than one.
Further more following this it is now 2012 and has seen a full development in the area of the drilling in the north not by authority of the Cypriot government but by Ankara mainland Turkey.
Turkey has begun drilling for natural gas in northern Cyprus ratcheting up growing tension across the east Mediterranean over control of offshore gas fields that could transform the economies of a region long barren of energy resources.
The Turks control the northern one-third of Cyprus, where they’ve stationed 30,000 troops since 1974 when they invaded the island, which is dominated by Greek Cypriots.
Ankara calls its zone the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus but it’s recognized only by Turkey. The Greek Cypriot government in Nicosia is internationally considered the sovereign authority.
Technically, that means the Turks are drilling illegally.
That exacerbates a spider’s web of territorial and maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean that intersect with long-running and potentially explosive conflicts between Israel and its Arab neighbors and the ancient rivalry between Turkey and Greece.
Israel made the first discoveries off its northern coast in 2009-10 with the Noble Energy Corp. of Houston striking major reserves.
The Tamar field contains an estimated 9 trillion cubic feet of gas but the nearby Leviathan field has 17 tcf, the biggest strike made so far in the region. Four subsequent finds have boosted estimated Israeli reserves in the Levant Basin to 35 tcf, worth in excess of $130 billion and enough to turn the once energy-poor Jewish state into an exporter.
The Turks launched their drilling in the TRNC Thursday, sharpening the swelling dispute over who has rights to the island’s potential energy riches and setting back hopes of reconciliation between the two communities and the states that support them.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz declared the onshore well operated by the state-run Turkish Petroleum Corp. has “strategic significance and we attribute great importance to it.”
Cyprus could be sitting on enough natural gas to last it 200 years.
When the Greek Cypriots, defying Turkish warnings, began exploration of the southernmost of their 12 maritime blocks in 2011, Turkey sent a seismic vessel escorted by a warship into Greek Cypriot waters and warned it would “retaliate even more strongly” to any further drilling.
Israel and Cyprus, where Noble Energy made a strike of 5 tcf-8 tcf recently, are collaborating on plans to jointly export their gas to Europe via an underwater pipeline to Greece.
Another option is building a liquefied natural gas plant, possibly offshore which would make it the world’s first floating LNG terminal — and a juicy target. China’s interested in building it.
The economic cooperation between Israel and Cyprus, 300 miles to the north, is also forging a new military alliance between the Jewish state and Greece.
This is rapidly replacing the strategic alliance between Israel and Turkey that was formalized in 1996, but broke apart in May 2010, in large part because of growing antagonism by Turkey’s Islamist-led government.
So a major realignment in the eastern Mediterranean appears to be under way as the region’s energy resources are uncovered.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported in 2010 that the Levant Basin, embracing Syria, Israel, the Gaza Strip and Cyprus, contains an estimated 122 tcf of gas and some 4 billion barrels of oil.
In February, Israel, a major regional military power, signed a military cooperation pact with the Greek Cypriots, whose military forces are miniscule. This allows Israeli ships and aircraft to use Cypriot territorial waters and airspace.
That will probably open the way for Israel to deploy F-16s on the island if the Turks get pushy there. Turkey has a squadron of its own F-16s in the TRNC.
Meantime, the Israelis are making elaborate plans to defend their offshore fields against terrorist or missile attacks.
For now at least, the main danger is seen to be Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed movement in Lebanon. Beirut claims that Leviathan, as designated by Israel, overlaps into 330 square miles of Lebanese waters.
The Lebanese are preparing to launch their own exploration in waters likely to hold major gas fields, adding to the complex energy mosaic.
Hezbollah, which has fought Israel since 1982, says it won’t allow the Jewish state to “plunder” Lebanese resources.
Israel took part in naval exercises in the region with U.S. and Greek warships March 25-April 5 that included protecting offshore gas platforms. Turkey was excluded.
The Israeli air force has held several joint maneuvers with the Greeks, where once they trained with the Turks.
Furthermore Cyprus is the head president of the EU this six month term which makes tensions with Turkey even greater.