Israel follows Turkish actions off Cyprus coast with serious concern, Israeli MFA spokesman says

Israel has expressed its opposition to any attempt to violate Cyprus sovereign rights in its maritime areas, expressing serious concern over steps taken by Turkey in the waters off the islands northeast coast.

“Israel follows with serious concern recent steps taken by Turkey in the waters off Cyprus’s northeast coast and reiterates its full support and solidarity with Cyprus in exercising its sovereign rights in its maritime areas and its opposition to any attempt to violate these rights” Israels Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a post on Twitter.

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

Turkey issued in May a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Since May 4, the Turkish drill ship Fatih is anchored 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 northeastern coast on Monday.

Source: Cyprus News Agency