EPP and PES political familis denounce the attempts by Turkey to begin gas exploration in the Cypriot EEZ.

Both the European Peoples Party (EPP) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) officially denounced today, Turkeys illegal activities in the Exclusice Economic Zone of Cyprus, with separate witten statements after their EU Summit preparatory meetings.

More specifically the EPP statement reads: We consider Turkey’s actions in the Exclusive Economic Zone to be a very serious breach of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus. We continue to closely monitor developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and call on the Turkish government to cease its illegal actions immediately and respect the territorial integrity of Cyprus. Cypriot citizens can count on our full support and solidarity.

The PES political family gathered in Brussels to discuss EU top jobs, and other items on the agenda of today’s European Council meeting. The meeting also denounced the attempts by Turkey to begin gas exploration in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone. Prime Ministers, Commissioners and leaders called on Turkey to uphold good neighbourly relations with surrounding states and to respect the territorial integrity of Cyprus.

It should be noted that the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiadis, who participated in the EPP meeting, had a meeting today with the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, who in turn participated in the PES Summit, before the opening of the European Council meeting.

During the meeting, there was a briefing regarding the contacts and efforts in view of the Councils decision this evening, as well as about their coordination in addressing Turkeys aggression and unlawful actions.

Source: Cyprus News Agency