Turkey’s activities fly in the face of the government’s sovereign right over the island’s EEZ as it does not have official permission to conduct research for oil and gas reserves. Ankara disputes this right on the basis that the government does not represent the Turkish Cypriots.
On September 21st , Turkey signed an agreement with the ‘TRNC’ to delimit maritime borders and explore for hydrocarbons. The ‘TRNC’ is only recognised by Turkey, and the government promptly said the agreement was illegal. But Turkey blithely ignored the Republic’s objections and sent its seismic research ship K. Piri Reis to Cyprus waters a few days after signing the agreement with the Turkish Cypriots.