National Council convenes to discuss Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ

Turkeys provocations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZZ) will be discussed during a meeting Satuday of the National Council convened by President Nicos Anastasiades. The political leaders will also exchage views on the resumption of the peace talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Yesterday the President underlined the positive response of European partners at the informal European Council, in Sibiu, Romania, to what he had to say with regard to the Turkish drilling activity. He said that we note the positive response of our partners to what they heard, however no immediate measures are decided during an Informal Council, which convened for another reason, and perhaps we should not expect something similar to happen on May 28. It will be after the elections.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Ankara issued recently a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. The Turkish drill ship Fatih, accompanied by three service ships, is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

President Anastasiades addressed his EU counterparts in Sibiu on the matter, with Council President Donald Tusk saying that the EU stands united behind Cyprus and expects Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of EU member states.

Moreover, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on Monday will brief his EU counterparts on Turkeys illegal activities in Cyprus’ EEZ during the Foreign Affairs Council meeting that will take place on Monday in Brussels.

Source: Cyprus News Agency