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Turkey deploys the first armed march aircraft in northern Cyprus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — An armed landing plane landed Turkey Monday in northern Cyprus, where it will be stationed in an atmosphere of great tension between Turkey and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean over the exploitation of hydrocarbons.

A correspondent told Agence France Presse that the marched hoop, a type “Bayrakdar TP2”, landed at the airport in Gajet Castle in the area of ​​Famagusta in the east of the divided island.

It is the first landing plane to land at this airport since the Turkish Cypriot authorities agreed to deploy this type of aircraft in the north of the island, which has been occupied by Ankara forces since the northern part since 1974.

The deployment of these aircraft comes in an atmosphere of acute tension in the region over the exploitation of hydrocarbons after the signing of an agreement at the end of November, which defines the maritime borders that were the subject of a dispute between Turkey and Libya.

Several countries, including Cyprus and Greece, condemned the agreement because it allowed Ankara to claim rights in large areas of the eastern Mediterranean.

In fact, after the signing of the agreement, the Turkish government warned that it would prevent fuel exploration operations without its approval in these areas.

The discovery of hydrocarbon fields in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years raises the ambitions of countries located on the sea from Greece to Egypt, through Cyprus and Israel, all of which have difficult relations with Turkey.

The Turkish-Libyan Maritime Agreement was considered a response from Ankara to establish an East Mediterranean Gas Forum in January, from which Turkey was excluded during a meeting held in Cairo between representatives of Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.

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