The move is likely to reignite tensions with Greece over the sovereignty of waters in the eastern Mediterranean and ownership of natural resources.
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As tensions continue to rise in the eastern Mediterranean, with Turkey, Greece and Cyprus at odds over territorial waters, the Turkish-Cypriot leader told Euronews EU countries should be working to de-escalate the situation.
Erdogan made the announcement on Friday. The plan is for it to be functional by 2023, the centenary of the Turkish Republic.