Turkey sees Greek Cypriot initiative on oil and gas exploration as a "provocation"

Turkey sees Greek Cypriot initiative on oil and gas exploration as a "provocation"

Turkey's foreign minister said on Saturday that Turkey would do what it had to do in order to counter terrorism, including cross-border operation, Anadolu Agency reported.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would do whatever it had to do to eradicate terrorism, including a cross-border operation into north of Iraq.

"Turkey always takes every step to eradicate terrorism," Davutoglu told a press conference in the central province of Konya.

Davutoglu said Turkey would also do everything it could in regard to intelligence.

Moreover, Davutoglu said Turkey did not need any mediation between itself and Israel and Turkey's demands were obvious.

"Nobody should try to test our serious stance," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama could discuss Turkish-Israeli relations, and U.S. executives were well aware of Turkey's attitude.

On Greek Cypriot initiative regarding oil and natural gas explorations in the Mediterranean, Davutoglu said he thought this unilateral initiative of the Greek Cypriot administration when intensified talks were going on in Cyprus, and a new peace plan was being shaped up was just a provocation.

Davutoglu said the Greek Cypriot administration wanted to sabotage negotiations, and if a new formation would be established in Cyprus including two founder states, all natural resources would belong to both of the founder states.

"Therefore let's find a solution and then Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots benefit from natural resources altogether," he said.

Davutoglu said Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had prepared an action plan, adding that there were steps to be taken if the fait accompli maintained.

Turkey and the TRNC on Thursday agreed to conclude a continental shelf delimitation agreement should the Greek Cypriot administration proceed with offshore drilling activities in the south of the island, said the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

In a statement released Thursday, the MFA said that "upon the invitation by the Turkish government, a technical meeting was held today at the Ministry with a delegation composed of representatives from relevant authorities of the TRNC.

As a result of the meeting, it has been agreed that Turkey and the TRNC will conclude a continental shelf delimitation agreement should the Greek Cypriot administration proceed with offshore drilling activities in the south of the island.

In 2010, Greek Cypriot administration and Israel signed an accord demarcating their maritime borders to facilitate a search for mineral deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

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