President Anastasiades informs members of the National Council on developments in Cyprus issue

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, informs on Friday morning political party leaders, members of the National Council, on developments in the Cyprus problem and the meetings he had in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, in light of the new Turkish provocations, as drill ship “Yavuz” has returned to Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone with a view to conduct illegal drillings.

The National Council members will be informed about President Anastasiades meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on September 27, as well as his other meetings and consultations on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

Moreover the National Council will also be briefed about Nicosia’s decision to resort to the UN in relation to Turkish threats to settle Varosha, the fenced off part of Famagusta and is expected to discuss about Turkeys new provocative actions in Cyprus EEZ and continental shelf.

Turkey has issued a navtex for drilling operations by drill-ship Yavuz in Cyprus EEZ and continental shelf until January 2020. Before that, Yavuz stayed off the coast of Karpasia, in the eastern coast of Cyprus, until September 17, when it departed for a Turkish port in Mersin.

Earlier today the government of the Republic of Cyprus issued an announcement by which it strongly condemned Turkey’s new attempt to illegally conduct drilling operations in the south-west of the island, within Cyprus’ EEZ and continental shelf, calling once more on Turkey to immediately cease all its illegal activities and withdraw all its drilling and seismic vessels and stressing that Illegality no matter how often repeated does not produce law.

It noted that in flagrant violation of international law, Turkey has chosen to conduct a drilling operation within offshore exploration Block 7, which was licensed by the Government of Cyprus to European companies, and lies within the EEZ/continental shelf of Cyprus, already delimited, in accordance with international law, between the relevant opposite coastal States, namely the Republic of Cyprus and the Arab Republic of Egypt, by means of the 2003 EEZ Delimitation Agreement.

The National Councils meeting is attended by House President Demetris Syllouris, former President of the Republic George Vassiliou, Democratic Rally President Averof Neofytou, AKEL General Secretary Antros Kyprianou, Democratic Party President Nicholas Papadopoulos, EDEK President Marinos Sizopoulos, Citizens Alliance President George Lillikas, Solidarty Movement Deputy President Polis Pallikaros, Ecologists-Environmentalists Movement President George Perdikis, ELAM President Christos Christou and Democratic Front President Marios Karoyian.

The meeting is also attended by Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, Deputy Minister to the President Vassilis Palmas, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, Deputy Government Spokeswoman Klelia Vassiliou and the Director of the Presidents Diplomatic Office Kyriakos Kouros.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency