House President calls for unity and consensus to address Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ

_: House President Demetris Syllouris has pointed out that we need unity and consensus in order to deal with the Turkish provocations in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Syllouris delivered a speech before the House Plenary, where President Nicos Anastasiades took the oath on Wednesday, following his re-election on February 4th.

The House President said that we are going through a critical period as Turkey is dangerously escalating the tension in the region, with an aggressive rhetoric towards Cyprus and we must be united in order to safeguard Cyprus sovereignty and the rights of all Cypriots.

He added that we must continue our struggle to find a just, viable and functional solution that will end the Turkish occupation, a solution based on the UN Security Council resolutions and the European principles and acquis.

Syllouris congratulated the President for his re-election pointing out that his re-election is an acknowledgement of his long and dedicated service to his country and at the same time the peak of his rich political life. He wished him to have the strength to carry out his responsibilities and the difficult task he has undertaken, at a time when the country continues to face multiple, social and economic problems and challenges.

In his speech Syllouris referred to the great effort undertaken to modernize the state through various reforms. He assured that the legislative power will continue to work with the executive power, implementing its institutional role of producing legislative work, exercising parliamentary control and developing parliamentary diplomacy.

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

A Conference on Cyprus in the context of UN led talks for the reunification of Cyprus under a federal roof, which took place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana last summer ended without an agreement.

SAIPEM 12000 drillship, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, to start drilling operations in block 3 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was halted by five Turkish warships last Friday morning while making a new effort to reach Soupia target, which it was unable to fulfil due to Turkish threats.

On February 9, Saipem had to halt its transfer journey to block 3 of Cyprus EEZ, when it was stopped by Turkish military ships with a notice not to continue because there would be military activities in the destination area.

Source: Cyprus News Agency