Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (left) joins Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu (second from right) on a drilling platform Thursday to mark the start of exploratory oil and gas drilling by Turkey in the northern half of ethnically split Cyprus. (Associated Press)

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (left) joins Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu (second from right) on a drilling platform Thursday to mark the start of exploratory oil and gas drilling by Turkey in the northern half of ethnically split Cyprus. (Associated Press)