EU Commission calls on Turkey to refrain from threats or actions damaging good neighborly relations

The European Commission has called on Turkey to refrain from friction and threats against EU Member States, Mina Andreeva, the Commissions Deputy Chief Spokeswoman said, during todays midday briefing in Brussels.

More specifically, called by CNA to comment on the recent incident in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, Mina Andreeva said: “Turkey needs to commit unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and avoid any kind of source of friction, threat or action directed against Member States which damages good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes.”

Moreover, she said, “the EU stresses the need to respect the sovereignty of Member States over their territorial sea and airspace.”

The Italian oil giant Eni has confirmed to CNA 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.”

A spokesman from ENI said that the vessel has prudently executed the orders and will remain in position pending an evolution of the situation.

Saipem 12000 has planned drilling operations on behalf of ENI in Block 3 in the waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, he added.

The government of Cyprus is making all necessary moves to address the situation created by Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern areas since they invaded in 1974. Ankara does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, nor has it complied with numerous calls from the EU to normalise its relations with Nicosia.

Source: Cyprus News Agency