Evident that Turkey tries to artificially create tension, Spokesman says

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said that it is obvious that Turkey is trying to artificially create a climate of tension in order to send unwanted messages to the international community, but has stressed that Cyprus will not be drawn in.

In statements after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace Prodromou said that the Republic of Cyprus’ energy programme is in cooperation with very important international companies, as well as other states and it is implemented by the government to the benefit of all the lawful residents of the country, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

He added that the benefits to both citizens and states are achieved through cooperation and the implementation of international law rules.

Many of the Turkish actions are illegal, contrary to international law, but on our part, under no circumstances will we take part in this artificial climate of tension which wants to give a false impression that there are disputes or questions, he noted, adding that there is no dispute in Cyprus’ sea, the Republic of Cyprus has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) which is internationally recognised by the Law of the Sea and by other international states.

Asked to comment on recent statements by Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, the spokesman replied that it is not the government’s role to explain why Cavusoglu – addressing Turkish Cypriots – mainly put forward once more the questions created by Ankara on the negotiation process.

Referring to a meeting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci he said that the meeting planned under UN aegis on Friday will be informal, it will not be a meeting in the context of negotiations but rather an open meeting during which the first question posed by President Anastasiades will be when and how can we go ahead with the resumption of negotiations.

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 July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency