Greek FM briefs his Italian counterpart on Turkish illegal actions in Cyprus’ ???

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, received today the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

During their meeting, the two Ministers discussed about recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Turkish violations of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.

Greek Foreign Minister thanked his Italian counterpart for his stance during the recent European Foreign Affairs Council, as regards the Turkish violations in the Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) � a stance which is aligned with the European values and the European spirit of solidarity, as Dendias said.

Moreover, the two Ministers discussed about energy issues, including the forthcoming completion of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the singing of the agreement for East Med that Greece wishes to be completed as soon as possible.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

Turkey announced its intention to start drilling off Cyprus and send on 4 May 2019 the Turkish drill ship Fatih, which remains anchored 36 nautical miles west of Akamas peninsula, in an area that falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus. A second Turkish drill ship, Yavuz, arrived off the island’s north-eastern coast on 8 July 2019.

In response, EU Foreign Ministers endorsed on 15 July 2019 measures concerning Turkey’s illegal drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus. In accordance with the 20 June 2019 European Council conclusions, Foreign Ministers also invited the High Representative and the European Commission to continue working on options for targeted measures in light of Turkey’s continued drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Source: Cyprus News Agency