CNA News – CNA – Ralli Papageorghiou – Nicosia 11/02/2018 16:04

Cyprus is taking all necessary diplomatic steps, President says

Cyprus is taking all necessary diplomatic steps in a calm manner in order to avoid an escalation, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said. He was referring to Turkey’s provocative actions in Cyprus’ EEZ during the last few days when Turkish navy vessels stopped ENI’s Saipem 12000 vessel which was on its way to a location within Block 3 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, because there would be military activities in the destination. Nicosia is in constant communication with Rome with regard to Turkish provocations in the Republics EEZ.

Saipem 12000 will remain in position until the situation is resolved, ENI spokesman tells CNA

A vessel, conducting drilling operations on behalf of ENI in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, will remain in position until a situation, created by Turkish military activity in the area of the Eastern Mediterranean, is resolved, a spokesman for ENI has told CNA. ENI can confirm that on Friday afternoon the Saipem 12000 vessel had to stop the transfer journey to a new location as it was stopped by Turkish military ships with the notice not to continue because there would be military activities in the destination area, he said.

Cyprus President speaks of regional informal forum operating as lever for security

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has referred to the different regional cooperation agreements his government has forged, noting that a key goal is to establish an informal forum which could evolve into an important lever for security and cooperation in the region as a whole. Meanwhile, in an interview with a Greek newspaper he said that stagnation in Cyprus issue raises the risk of partition.

EU does not accept troops, guarantees, intervention rights in Cyprus solution MEP tells CNA

The government of Cyprus enjoys the full and unreserved support of all European bodies and political groups on the Cyprus problem, Cypriot MEP Lefteris Christoforou tells CNA, noting that during a meeting he had with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans he was clear that the EU cannot accept troops, guarantees or intervention rights of a foreign country in an EU member state as part of a solution.

Source: Cyprus News Agency