The issue of restrictive measures against all those involved in Turkeys unlawful actions in the Republic of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean EEZ was raised by the President of the Republic at the European Peoples Party Meeting in Sibiu, Romania.
In particular, talking at the EPP summit, the President stated that “the EU should consider the use of restrictive measures against all those involved in Turkeys unlawful actions in the Republic of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean” .
He also noted that “the time has come for a collective response to these challenges with actions beyond the usual messages that have proven ineffective” and explained that “it is clear that all of the EUs rigorous messages to Turkey have hit the wall”, noting that “even the recent statement by EU High Representative Mogherini has been ironically dealt with by the Turkish Foreign Minister.”
President Anastasiades underlined that the ultimate goal of the measures should be “to end Turkeys unlawful actions that are likely to further destabilize the region and bring about a further de-escalation.”
Informing the leaders of the Member States who participated in the EPPs Summit, the President of the Republic also said that “these actions constitute a flagrant violation of Cypruss sovereign rights and are contrary to international law and European law.”
He stressed that Turkeys allegations of acting in favor of the Turkish Cypriot interests are totally unfounded.
“It is by far the most serious violation of the sovereign rights of Cyprus and we are faced with an unprecedented escalation of Turkeys unlawful actions in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said the President, adding that “virtually these unacceptable actions amount to a new invasion of Cyprus from Turkey after the tragic events of 1974 “.
Source: Cyprus News Agency