Press Releases: Turkish Drilling in Cypriot-claimed Waters


Press Statement

Morgan Ortagus

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
May 5, 2019

The United States is deeply concerned by Turkey’s announced intentions to begin offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by the Republic of Cyprus as its Exclusive Economic Zone. This step is highly provocative and risks raising tensions in the region. We urge Turkish authorities to halt these operations and encourage all parties to act with restraint.