Cyprus FM and EU High Representative discuss EU-Turkey relations, migration, Cyprus’ EEZ and the Cyprus problem

Cyprus` Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Secuity Policy Josep Borrell discussed during a telephone conversation they had on Wednesday evening about EU-Turkey relations, migration, the situation as regards Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone and the Cyprus problem.

The Foreign Ministry said in a post on its Twitter account that “CY Foreign Minister Christodulides had a telephone conversation with #EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy JosepBorrellF. In depth discussion of issues on EU external affairs agenda. #EU-#Turkey relations, #Migration, #Cyprus #EEZ, #CYprob.”

Two high ranking officials of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), Mehmet Ferruh Akalin and Ali Coscun Namoglu, have been included since last month in a list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to the European Union sanctions concerning Turkey`s illegal drilling activity within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.

The restrictive measures consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze. Moreover, EU persons and entities are not allowed to make funds available to the two listed persons.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency