Norwegian and Cypriot FMs to discuss bilateral relations and Turkish illegal actions in Cyprus maritime zones

Enhancing bilateral relations between Cyprus and Norway and Turkeys illegal actions in Cyprus maritime zones are among the subjects expected to be discussed during a meeting between the two countries Foreign Affairs Ministers Nikos Christodoulides and Ine Eriksen SA�reide, on Friday, in Nicosia.

Eriksen SA�reide will pay Cyprus a working visit following an invitation by Christodoulides, a Foreign Affairs Ministry press release says.

After their tA�te-A�-tA�te meeting the two Ministers will take part in a meeting which will also include members of the two ministries delegations.

“Disussions are expected to focus, among other things, on Cyprus – Norway bilateral relations and the prospect of further enhancing them in specific areas, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, as well as Turkeys illegal actions in the Republic of Cyprus maritime zones, EU – Norway relations, energy and energy security matters, as well as other regional, European and international matters of common interest,” the press release notes.

They are expected to make statements to the media at 1030 hours local time (0830 GMT).

In the context of her visit in Cyprus the Norwegian FM will be one of the key note speakers in an event organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Presidential Palace, entitled “Women in Diplomacy.”

Cyprus remains divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks for a Cyprus settlement have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Since May 2019, Turkey has illegally conducted four drilling operations using the its state-owned vessels Fatih and Yavuz, in Cyprus’ territorial sea and continental shelf/EEZ, to the west, east and south of the island; the most recently completed illegal drilling was located in the eastern EEZ/continental shelf of Cyprus, in close vicinity of its territorial sea, at 12.4 nautical miles from the Karpas peninsula.

Turkey has also commenced a fifth such illegal drilling, planned between 18 January and 14 May 2020, in the southern EEZ/continental shelf of Cyprus, in a maritime area which has been delimited in accordance with international law between Cyprus and the relevant coastal States, namely Israel and Egypt.

This latest illegal drilling also lies within exploration block 8 which was duly licensed by the Republic of Cyprus to the European companies Eni and Total.

Source: Cyprus News Agency