Cyprus has petitioned the International Court of Justice at The Hague to safeguard its offshore mineral rights, its president said on Thursday, as neighbor Turkey disputes its claims.
The two countries are at loggerheads over offshore maritime zones around the island, where Cyprus has granted licenses to multinational companies for oil and gas research.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Cyprus is committed to protecting its sovereign rights with every legal means possible.
“Our recourse to The Hague has that very purpose,” he told journalists in Nicosia.
Turkey, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus’ internationally recognized government, says Nicosia either has no jurisdiction to offer licenses or that some zones encroach on the Turkish continental shelf. It has sent its own drill ships to the island.