Actions such as Turkey’s in Cyprus’ EEZ cannot be tolerated, says Acting President

Acting President and House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris said on Thursday evening that actions such as the ones of Turkey in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) cannot be tolerated as they jeopardize peace in the region.

Syllouris was addressing an event marking the 800-year anniversary since the visit of St. Francis of Assisi to Cyprus, at the Presidential Palace.

Cyprus President, he said, is in Romania for the EU Summit, at a particularly critical time characterized by new provocations on behalf of Turkey at the expense of Cyprus and peace in the region.

Provocations, he added, that test the international community’s tolerance vis-A�-vis Turkish arrogance and aggression as regards the need to respect international law and cooperation and good neighbourly relations between states.

Actions such as the ones of Turkey in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, surely cannot be tolerated, as they jeopardize peace in the region and offend the other states’ allegiance and respect to international legality and the need for peaceful co-existence and cooperation, he stressed.

Syllouris also said that our region is going through trying times and continues to do so, not only due to the Turkish provocations against Cyprus’ sovereign rights, but also on a wider scale, due to violent conflicts and claims which do not serve the ideals of peace and good cooperation and neighbourly relations between states.

Through the recent bilateral and trilateral collaborations with Greece and other countries, Cyprus pursues to serve these ideals for the benefit of the entire region, he assured.

According to the Acting President together with the three religious groups of our people, Armenians, Maronites and Latins, who chose through a referendum in 1960 to join the Greek Cypriot Community and enjoy the same privileges, rights and benefits, we have the common vision to move forward to a new era, which promises much more to all the legitimate inhabitants of our island, under conditions of freedom, security, and co-creation.

We would like the Turkish Cypriots to share this vision as well and to work in that direction, within the framework of a solution of the Cyprus problem which will meet our expectations, a solution that is functional and viable, while excluding any aspirations or claims by Turkey or any other country at the expense of our homeland and our people, he noted.

Turkish authorities issued on Friday May 3, 2019 a Navtex advising that the drillship Fatih would be carrying out drilling operations in an area west of Paphos from May 3 to September 3.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency