Cyprus petitions The Hague to safeguard offshore rights

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is pictured within the jap Mediterranean Sea off Cyprus, August 6, 2019. Information/Murad Sezer/File Photograph

ATHENS (Information) – Cyprus has petitioned the Worldwide Court docket of Justice at The Hague to safeguard its offshore mineral rights, its president stated on Thursday, as neighbor Turkey disputes its claims.

The 2 international locations are at loggerheads over offshore maritime zones across the island, the place Cyprus has granted licenses to multinational corporations for oil and gasoline analysis.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades stated Cyprus is dedicated to defending its sovereign rights with each authorized means doable.

“Our recourse to The Hague has that very goal,” he advised journalists in Nicosia.

Turkey, which doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Cyprus’s internationally acknowledged authorities, says Nicosia both has no jurisdiction to supply licenses or that some zones encroach on the Turkish continental shelf. It has despatched its personal drill ships to the island.

Anastasiades stated Cyprus had tried to ship a discover of its intentions to Turkey’s embassy in Athens however it was not accepted. “So it was despatched one other method,” he stated. “There may be proof that it was acquired, so that provides (Cyprus) the proper to recourse.”

Cyprus’s Sigma TV, which first reported the story, stated the discover was despatched by fax.

EU member Cyprus was divided in a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a short Greek-inspired coup. Turkey helps a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus.

Reporting By Michele Kambas; Enhancing by David Goodman