French Senator reaffirms support to Cyprus regarding EEZ issues

President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces of the French Senate Christian Cambon, who is currently visiting Cyprus, said the visit reaffirmed the support of France to Cyprus regarding the illegal Turkish activities in the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Speaking through an interpreter at a joint press conference with the Presidents of the Committees on Defence and Foreign and European Affairs of the House of Representatives, Marinos Sizopoulos and Yiorgos Lillikas respectively, Cambon said the law says Cyprus cannot be threatened in exploring the natural resources in its EEZ and that this EEZ must be protected in compliance with international law.

Cambon noted that no one approves of Turkey’s activities and actions, neither on an EU level nor in France, and that France would protect Total in explorations for natural gas in Cyprus’ EEZ, in the context of peace.

The French Senator also referred to other fields of cooperation between Cyprus and France, such as security, tourism, telephony, and tourism education.

Speaking at the press conference, Sizopoulos expressed gratitude for France’s longstanding support and friendship, noting that they discussed further upgrading defence and military cooperation in the framework of creating conditions of security and stability in the region, as well as ways France could support the completion of Cyprus’ energy programme and the construction of the EastMed pipeline.

Sizopoulos said they also discussed migration and MED7 cooperation.

Lillikas said the conditions were favourable to proceed to developing a strategic alliance with France, and thanked France for its decisiveness regarding the challenges Cyprus is receiving from Turkey.

He also said it was necessary for sanctions against Turkey on behalf of the EU, noting that this was the only way Turkey would abandon its expansive views.

Earlier on, Cambon met with President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris. According to a press release, Syllouris expressed gratitude for the visit, saying it was taking place at a crucial time and indicated France’s support to Cyprus.

Cambon expressed support to the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign rights and reaffirmed his country’s support to a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency