Cyprus fully exercises its sovereign rights, President Anastasiades says

Cyprus is a sovereign country and as such it fully exercises its sovereign rights, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has said, replying to questions regarding Turkish provocations in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. In the past several days Ankara has sent vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean, in response to drilling which oil giant ENI is set to begin in the coming days in Cyprus’ EEZ.

The President was replying to questions by journalists after submitting his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections. A total of nine candidates submitted their candidacies for the elections, set for 28th of January, 2018. A run off election will take place on February 4th if no candidate secures 50+1 vote.

Asked which will be his priority if re-elected, President Anastasiades said his priorities would be the solution of the Cyprus issue, the continuation of the efforts for economic recovery and growth, as well as completing Cyprus energy plans.

Source: Cyprus News Agency