Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu has stated that Turkey’s new drillship, Deepsea Metro-2, will start new drilling works in the Mediterranean Sea as soon as it has completed its preliminary scoping and exploration exercises.

In a written statement, Spokesman Burcu stated that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades’ insistence on a non-constructive stance risked the developing relations between Turkey and Greece, and added that his statements regarding the one-sided so-called Exclusive Economic Zone coordinate-determining studies with Greece in the northern marine zone of Cyprus ignored the rights of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, and would cause new tensions on the island as well as in the region.

Pointing out that these irresponsible and one-sided initiatives from the Greek Cypriot Administration risked causing irreparable damage, whether they were motivated by pre-election posturing or other reasons, Burcu stressed that they would inevitably lead to steps being taken to protect the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people.

The Spokesman also reiterated that the natural resources around Cyprus are a shared resources for all people on the island –  resources that should be used in a way that benefits both societies, as stated in the related reports of the UN Secretary-General.