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Wednesday, September 21, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Report: Turkey 'undermining U.S. objectives'
in Mediterranean

WASHINGTON — Turkey is challenging U.S. policy in the Mediterranean Sea, a report said.


The Washington Institute for Near East Policy said that the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was endangering U.S. interests in the eastern Mediterranean. The report, authored by analyst Simon Henderson, said Washington has been encouraging such regional states as Israel and the Republic of Cyprus to explore and develop crude oil and natural gas resources in the sea.

"Ankara cannot be permitted to enjoy the benefits of a strong relationship with Washington while undermining U.S. objectives in the eastern Mediterranean," the report, titled "Turkey's Threat to Israel's New Gas Riches," said.

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A U.S. company, Noble Energy, has been the prime contractor of Israeli and Cypriot gas exploration projects in the eastern Mediterranean. But Ankara has threatened both countries, saying it does not recognize their sovereignty over the exploration areas. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea allows each country the right to exploit resources up to 200 nautical miles from its coast.

"Ankara's anger with Cyprus will likely grow after July 2012, when the island holds the EU presidency for six months," the report said.


The U.S. should immediately halt its support of Turkey's genocidal attacks on the Kurds in Turkey and Iraq. Israel should match the Turkish anti-Israel activities with corresponding support for the Kurds, such as humanitarian aid, UN motions, and yes, military support. And the U.S. should shake off its blinders and do the same.

Syd Chaden      1:54 p.m. / Thursday, September 22, 2011

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