Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades described British Minister for Europe sir Alan Duncan as “unacceptable” following the latters statement on Tuesday, before the House of Commons, that exploratory drilling for hydrocarbons should not be taking place in areas where sovereignty is under dispute.
Duncan, who was responding to questions by MPs, was referring to Turkeys decision to launch drilling activities in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.
Invited to comment on Duncans statement, Anastasiades described him as “unacceptable”, noting that the British Minister had behaved in the same way in the past, and that the necessary representations will be made to the UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
Duncan “has been and continues to be unacceptable” the President said, adding that his stance does not reflect the right policy which Britain should follow given its interests in Cyprus. Moreover Anastasiades noted the unprecedented support which Britain enjoyed during the current crucial period for her by a small country like Cyprus, which, however, has a voting right in the EU as all other member states.
It is not the first time that he behaves in such a way, the President said, referring to Duncan.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Ankara has issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. The Turkish drill ship Fatih 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.
Source: Cyprus News Agency