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The navtex 376/18 issued by Cyprus on Saturday morning, at 6.00 am local time (4.00 am GMT), informs mariners about the drilling operations of Stena IceMax at the "Delphini" target area.
Meanwhile under another Navtex (0181/19) the Turkish navy will during this month be conducting a series of gunnery exercises spanning parts of Cyprus' blocks 7 and 8.
According to Yeni E[currency]afak, "due to the stance of the Greek Cypriot leadership, which is ignoring north Cyprus, Turkey issued successive Navtex notices declaring the wider Mediterranean region for training exercises."
THE Cyprus government issued a navigational telex (navtex) notification to seafarers on Saturday ahead of the arrival next week of Stena IceMax, a drilling ship commissioned by Exxon Mobil to explore for hydrocarbons in block 10 of Cyprus' exclusive economic zone.
Cypriot authorities have meanwhile issued a Navtex, or marine advisory reserving an area around the drilling sites.
The Turkish Navtex, or marine advisory, states that the Barbaros will remain in the area until February 1.
Turkish seismic exploration vessel `Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa` entered Cyprus` exclusive economic zone on Monday, a few days after Turkey issued a NAVTEX for the area.
Turkey came back with a new statement, saying its Navtex was "in accordance with international law."
A navtex, which Ankara has issued, Prodromou said, is contrary to existing international rules and regulations governing shipping and aims at specific activities in Cyprus' maritime area.