Any international law violations will addressed by diplomatic means, government says

Any international law violations will be addressed by diplomatic means, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said, adding that the government will not follow in the footsteps of Turkey, who is trying to create tension.

Prodromou was commenting, on Thursday, statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that the country will start drilling around Cyprus.

The government certainly follows the Turkish elections, he said, reiterating that Cyprus will not under any circumstances follow the climate of tension, that is being created.

He further stressed that international law applies, the Republic of Cyprus has delineated and submitted its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The spokesman continued noting that there are decisions and support from the great powers, from the USA and the Russian Federation, but also from the European Union with very specific decisions ,where and when it was necessary, on the rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ.

At the same time, he pointed out that if any matters arise, any violations or anything else, it will be addressed by the diplomatic means in our disposal.

According to Prodromou for some time now all relevant departments have been monitoring the situation and because of previous incidents a plan of possible reactions is in place which will not be publicised.

He added that Turkey is the one who constantly prefers to create a climate of tension, provocations and statements. This is not our direction nor is our choice, he noted.

Earlier this year, SAIPEM 12000 drillship, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, to start drilling operations in block 3 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was halted by five Turkish warships, while making a new effort to reach Soupia target, which it was unable to fulfil due to Turkish threats.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A Conference on Cyprus, in the context of UN led talks for the reunification of Cyprus under a federal roof, which took place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana last summer, ended without an agreement.

Source: Cyprus News Agency