The State Department issued a new announcement denouncing the recent mission of the floating drill Yavuz in the Cyprus EEZ and expresses for the second time, its deep concerns over the illegal activities that Turkey is attempting to carry out within the Cypriot EEZ.

In particular, the State Department referred to the “Yavuz” mission as a “provocative step” causing tension in the region, while its spokeswoman noted that “the United States remains deeply concerned by Turkey’s repeated attempts to conduct drilling operations in the waters off Cyprus and its most recent dispatch of the drillship Yavuz off the Karpas Peninsula”.

In the announcement, Washington reiterates its position that the island’s natural resources should be distributed equally between the two communities as part of an overall settlement.