Nicosia engaged in diplomatic campaign to address Turkey’s actions in Eastern Mediterranean

Nicosia is carrying out a diplomatic campaign with a view to avert a fait accompli which Turkey aims to establish in the Eastern Mediterranean by signing of a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Libya.

Noting the government is handling the situation with a “calm approach”, Deputy Government Spokesman Panayiotis Sentonas told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the government is vigilant and follows closely what is going on. Continuous deliberations and contacts are going on both with the Greek government and our European partners. The government examines and takes measures without fanfares or moves aiming to impress. he added.

He went on to say that what we hope is that Turkey will realize that it cannot constantly act by violating the international law because this intensifies the negative climate.

We aim at handling the situation with a calm approach. Our government does not wish to enter a rationale of provocations, because what we are interested in is to function in a way that will positively affect the securing of peace and stability in the region and not vice versa, he noted.

Sentonas said that what one can realize is that Turkey sharpens its position and that is evident through its illegal activities, the signing of the memorandum with Libya and what followed the signing. He went on to say that the various measures and the contacts that need to be made by the government are being examined very carefully,” adding that the government holds constant deliberations at a diplomatic level.

Moreover the Deputy Government Spokesman said that Turkey’s stance and its illegal actions make the situation with regard to the developments in the Cyprus problem more difficult.

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cyprus has condemned the signing of the memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Turkey and Libya.

This kind of delimitation, if it went through, would constitute a grave violation of International Law, since it would disregard the legal rights of all coastal states in the Eastern Mediterranean and it would go contrary to the acknowledged principle of the Convention on the Law of the Sea and of customary law regarding the rights of islands to EEZs and continental shelf the Ministry said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency