French Defence Minister condemns Turkish provocations in the Cypriot EEZ

French Defence Minister Florence Parly has condemned the recent Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) reaffirming Paris’ strong support to Cyprus.

Parly met in Paris with her Cypriot counterpart Savvas Angelides, who briefed her on the recent Turkish actions with regard the entry of the Turkish drillship Fatih in the Cypriot EEZ for illegal hydrocarbon exploration activities.

According to a press release issued by the Press and Information Office, during their meeting, Angelides and Parly also discussed the possible response to the Turkish actions in the context of the European Union.

The French Minister reaffirmed France’s strong support to Cyprus and condemned Turkey’s actions, which violate the international law, the law of the sea and Cyprus’ sovereign rights in its EEZ, the press release adds.

Furthermore, the two Ministers reaffirmed in writing the two countries’ intention to cooperate for the strengthening of Cyprus’ naval capabilities and for a broad military cooperation between the two countries’ naval forces.

Source: Cyprus News Agency