Cyprus MPs discuss Turkish provocations, EU solidarity and Cyprus problem during meetings in Paris

Cyprus parliamentarians, members of the Cyprus-France Friendship Group have discussed the Turkish provocations in the islands exclusive economic zone, the EU solidarity and the efforts to resume talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem with members of the Friendship Group in the French Senate and the National Assembly during meetings in Paris on Tuesday.

A press release issued by the Cyprus House on Wednesday says that the delegation, comprising MPs Yiorgos Lillikas, Nikos Tornaritis, Aristos Damianou and Christiana Erotokritou, was received at the Senate by the Head of the France-Cyprus Friendship Group Nelly Tocqueville and the Vice President of the Senate David Assouline.

At the National Assembly the Cyprus delegation met with the Head of the Friendship Group Sarah El HaA�ry who hosted a working lunch in the presence of other members of the Group.

The Cyprus MPs expressed their gratitude to France for its stance and continuous support regarding the Cyprus problem, the efforts to resume the UN-backed talks and the support in Cyprus sovereign right to explore and exploit its natural resources in its exclusive economic zone.

Lillikas said that Turkeys actions are provocative and illegal and said that Ankara is ignoring the international community and its reactions. He added that the EU Summit, following the MED 7 Declaration in Malta, should take a joint decision for measures against Turkey.

The French parliamentarians reassured for Frances support in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, referred to the excellent level of relations between the two countries and discussed ways to further enhance the cooperation between the two Parliaments.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Last month Turkey issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3.

Since May 4, 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