Turkish Cypriots could launch their own exploration efforts, threatening to complicate an already-fraught situation in the eastern Mediterranean.
In an interview with Reuters, Turkish Cypriot official Kudret Ozersay said if joint energy exploration with both communities in Cyprus was not possible, the Turkish zone would go it alone.
Currently, the Republic of Cyprus is leasing out blocks at sea for oil and gas exploration. As North Cyprus is unrecognized, international energy firms do business with the Greek-Cypriot government.
Turkish President Recep...