Turkey’s drilling operations in violation of Cyprus’ sovereignty, Cyprus rep tells UN SG

Turkey’s drilling operations are in violation of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus in its territorial sea and its sovereign rights and jurisdiction in its continental shelf and EEZ, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis has said, noting that Cyprus remains determined to uphold its rights to maritime zones and protect its sovereign rights and jurisdiction to explore and exploit its natural resources within its continental shelf and EEZ.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on January 20, Mavroyiannis replies to a letter by Turkey’s Permanent Representative to the organization, Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, dated November 13 on the matter.

Regrettably, the letter reads, “Turkey continues to pursue a course of action which is in contravention of international law, putting forward claims