Turkey has protested over the Greek Cyprus’ decision to issue international arrest warrants for crew members of Turkish drilling vessel “Fatih” and officials at firms partnered with state-owned Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TP) and vowed to retaliate by taking legal action on the matter.
“We are closely monitoring the news about Greek Cyprus’ issuing arrest warrants for our crew members in Fatih drilling vessel and officials of foreign firms partnered with TP. If this presumptuous decision of Greek Cyprus, which usurps every right of Turkish Cypriots, is true, then it will have no validation for us,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on June 10.
“If [Greek Cyprus] dares to [make this decision], we will give the necessary response to this; no one should doubt that,” the statement added.
The ministry also stressed that Turkey will initiate legal procedures to retaliate because Greek Cyprus’ decision over an “unbounded marina space does not abide by international law.”
“Greek Cyprus’ efforts to halt the [drilling] activities we have been carrying on along our continental shelf will not yield results,” the statement underlined.
“Turkey will resolutely continue on its drilling activities as planned, both to protect its rights in its continental shelf and to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots, an equal partner to the island,” it stressed
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