Cyprus claims international backing for offshore exploration

09/26/2011
The international community has afforded Cyprus political protection to explore for oil and natural gas inside its exclusive economic zone, which is near to large gas finds in Israeli waters. "At this moment, we have a very satisfactory shield of political support over these actions," said Cyprus' Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, adding that the support comes despite Turkey's strong opposition. Kozakou-Marcoullis said a rig belonging to Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. arrived in the area where exploratory drilling is to begin soon, without any interference from Turkish warships in the region. "We are asking for these proactive steps, and I believe these proactive ...
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