Bratislava to back measures against Turkey for EEZ violations, Slovak PM assures Syllouris

The Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pellegrini assured on Tuesday the President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris that Bratislava will be in favor of the position of taking measures against Turkey, for violations in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, at the European Council in June.

Syllouris and the Cypriot delegation met this morning with Pellegrini, at the Prime Minister’s office, in Bratislava, in the framework of the official visit the President of the House pays in Slovakia. The interest for financial cooperation was also noted during the meeting, with Cyprus acting as a base for the reconstruction of the Middle East.

In statements after the meeting, Syllouris said the meeting was both friendly and substantial, with discussions focusing on bilateral relations, the common approach of the two countries within the EU and Cyprus’ role in the Middle East.

He noted in particular the statement of the Slovak Prime Minister during the meeting that in June, when measures against Turkey are going to be discussed, for its violations in the EEZ, Slovakia will this back this approach.

With regard to the Cyprus problem, Syllouris said that he thanked Slovakia for supporting a Cyprus solution on the basis of principles, through multiple ways. The House President referred in particular to the Slovak contingent of 241 soldiers and four policemen serving in the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Bratislava’s position that UNFICYP must remain in Cyprus, the efforts on the part of Slovakia for rapprochement between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots but above all with regard to the next stage, which involves Slovakia’s support for measures against Turkey.

The President of the House also referred to discussions he had in Bratislava, both with the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Council, noting that there is a lot of room for economic cooperation between Cyprus and Slovakia, not just in the tourism sector, but in many other sectors as well.

He noted finally that many Cypriot products are already being exported in Slovakia, and said that there is a lot of interest for further cooperation, even for Cyprus to act as a basis for the reconstruction of the Middle East.

After the meeting, the President of the House visited St. Martin’s cathedral, in Bratislava, where the body of St. John the Almoner, a Saint with Cypriot origin, is kept. Syllouris also visited Children’s Art Museum BIBIANA and walked through the streets of old Bratislava.

Later on, the President of the House attend a working lunch with the Chairman Eduard Heger and members of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-backed talks took place in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but ended without yielding results.

Ankara issued recently a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. The Turkish drill ship Fatih, accompanied by three service ships, is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency