Turkey cancels oil search plans in Syria, threatens to cut electricity

Energy Minister Taner Yıldız. (Photo: Cihan)

November 15, 2011, Tuesday/ 15:48:00

Turkey may consider terminating the sale of electricity to neighboring Syria if tensions continue to escalate over a Syrian crackdown on anti-regime protests, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said on Tuesday.

Yıldız also announced that Turkey had shelved plans for Turkey's petroleum company, TPAO, to jointly explore oil with Syria's state oil company in six wells within Syria.

“We are currently supplying electricity to Syria. If this trend continues, however, we may have to revise all these decisions,” Yıldız said.

Yıldız's statement came hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed the Syrian government following attacks on Turkish diplomatic missions in Syria over the weekend following an Arab League decision to suspend Syria's membership over its crackdown on the eight-month uprising. Turkish President Abdullah Gül also warned Syria that Turkey will have a “different reaction” if attacks similar to Saturday's are repeated.