Macron tells Erdogan to respect Cyprus’ sovereignty

French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Turkish counterpart that Ankara must respect Cyprus’ sovereignty.

According to a statement issued by the French President’s office, during a telephone conversation Macron held with Erdogan on Monday morning, the French President told him that he was worried about recent events off the coast of Cyprus, stressing the need to respect Cyprus’ sovereignty.

He also said that a UN. Security Council call at the weekend for a ceasefire across Syria also applied to Syria’s Afrin region.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Efforts to reach a solution under UN auspices have so far been unsuccessful.

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.

Two weeks ago 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