France urges Ankara to avoid engaging in provocative action

France has called the Turkish authorities to avoid engaging in provocative action and pointed out that Cyprus can count on the solidarity and support of France and the European Union as expressed by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini.

“At the moment when Turkey announces that it is about to conduct drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, part of which is overflowing into the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus, France reiterates its unwavering commitment to the respect of international maritime law and sovereignty of Cyprus”, says a press release issued by the French Foreign Ministry, in view of Cyprus FMs working visit to Paris, on Tuesday.

According to the press relase, France urges the Turkish authorities to avoid engaging in provocative action, clearly contrary to international law, which can only increase tensions in a region that needs stability. “The Republic of Cyprus can count on the solidarity and support of France and the European Union as expressed by the High Representative, Mrs Mogherini”, the statement reads.

Cyprus Ministet will hold discussions with Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs and Amelie de Montchalin, the Secretary of State for European Affairs.

According to the statement, following the ministers visit to Cyprus in September 2018 and in the wake of the visit of the President of the Republic to Nicosia on 29 January, the ministers will discuss the importance of the bilateral relationship, its strategic nature for both countries. in the Eastern Mediterranean, and its development in the field of defense and energy.

“They will also discuss the Cyprus issue, on which France remains ready to support the efforts of the parties, when they are ready, for a resumption of negotiations. Finally, they will discuss major international issues, notably Syria, and European issues, in particular migration issues, while Cyprus is particularly concerned by the flow of the eastern Mediterranean route”, the statement says.

Amelie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs, will also receive Nikos Christodoulides to discuss major European issues, in particular Brexit, the balances of the next multiannual financial framework, and further integration of the euro area.

“In the run-up to the informal European Summit on 9 May, they will also discuss the main challenges for the future of the European Union, while the next strategic program should allow the concept of European sovereignty to be broken down”, the statement reads.

Source: Cyprus News Agency