Mediterranean gas feud escalates; Turks explore

By REUTERS
September 27, 2011 01:46

ANKARA - A Turkish ship began exploring for gas off the coast of Cyprus on Monday, the Turkish Cypriot government said, an announcement that escalates a confrontation between Cyprus, Israel and Turkey over huge Mediterranean gas reserves.

The Greek Cypriot government said last week it had started drilling for gas at a site south of the island, infuriating Turkey which supports a separate Turkish Cypriot government on the north of the island.

Israel has also been drilling in nearby waters.

On Monday, Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk said a Turkish exploration vessel had started exploration. He did not give the exact location, but said the Piri Reis ship was working in "the AR/KKTC/G authorised zone". KKTC is the Turkish abbreviation for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


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