Turkish surveys in cypriot waters, a new dimension of the confrontation

Author:
Ángeles Jiménez García-Carriazo
Doctora en Derecho, Universidad de Jaén (Doctor in Law, University of Jaen) angeles.jgcarriazo@gmail.com

Abstract:
The discovery of natural gas in the waters surrounding the island of Cyprus has added a new dimension to the dispute between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey, which has turned into a scramble for resources in the Eastern Mediterranean. That is in addition to the political conflict between the south and north of the island, encouraged by Turkey, which plays a fundamental role standing as an advocate of the rights of Turkish Cypriots as co-owners of the island of Cyprus.

The different conception of maritime zones by Cyprus and Turkey, as well as the absence of definitive delimitation lines, hamper mutual understanding. In addition, the unilateral actions of both States increase the tension: Turkey has initiated surveys in maritime areas that would correspond to the island of Cyprus and the latter has submitted to the United Nations the outer coordinates of its exclusive economic zone and its continental shelf in order to protect its maritime zones from Turkish incursions.

Index:
1. INTRODUCCIÓN.—2. ANTECEDENTES.—3. ESPACIOS MARINOS CHIPRIOTAS.— 4. PROSPECCIONES Y PERFORACIONES.—5. TURQUÍA Y EL DERECHO DEL MAR A LA CARTA.—6. LOS RECURSOS NATURALES DEL NORTE DE CHIPRE.—7. CONCLUSIONES

Keywords:
Cyprus; delimitation; drillings; natural resources; Turkey; UNCLOS;

Issue:
REDI Vol. 72 1 2020

Section:
Studies

Pages:
117-136

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.17103/redi.72.1.2020.1.05

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