Turkey is continuing to provoke and dispute Cyprus’ sovereign rights, this time by sending a seismographic ship to the waters off northwest Paphos.
Following 17 days of exploration in the Famagusta, area, including a foray into plot 3 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Barbaros is now heading to the northwest where it will remain until January 30.
It is understood that the vessel will sail right to the fringes of the Akamas peninsula only days after it was clearly visible from land off the coast of Protaras.
Turkey now claims “legal rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly the west of longitude 32°16’18E”, in all international fora.
It only put forward this position after the Republic of Cyprus announced hydrocarbon explorations in its EEZ.
This particular longitude effectively touches upon the western tip of the island, right off the Akamas peninsula.
Cyprus authorities are closely following the latest Turkish provocations, with Nicosia having already made representations on the vessel’s activity, to the UN and the EU.