Turkey plans air and naval bases in Northern Cyprus

Turkey has said that it would be establishing naval and air bases in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in order to guarantee its security in the Eastern Mediterranean, Demirören News Agency reported.
The announcement followed a visit to Northern Cyprus by a team from the Turkish Navy, which held talks with diplomatic and military officials in the north of the island before returning to Ankara. It was agreed that, because of Turkey’s drilling operations in the region, it was necessary to strengthen its presence, particularly with regard to supplying and guaranteeing the safety of Turkish warships.
Earlier this month, Greece, the Republic of Cyprus and Israel struck a deal under which they would build a pipeline harnessing the reserves of natural gas off the south coast. The EastMed pipeline is predicted to produce a profit of $9bn over 18 years, will supply gas from the region to countries in Europe. Turkey is unhappy at being excluded from the deal in what it considers its backyard (Cyprus is nearer to Turkey’s south coast than it is to Cyprus or Israel). It has sent its own drilling vessels to the waters off the east coast of Cyprus to explore for further reserves of natural gas.
Ankara has also reportedly authorised the carrying out of work to establish a sea port either in Famagusta or Iskele on the far eastern side of Cyprus.
Maraş, which has been uninhabited for 45 years, is set to undergo a $10bn renovation process in order to accommodate the setting up of the port.