President expects UK’s position on EEZ to be in line with the international law, Spokesman says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expects the UKs position on the issue of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic zone to be in line with the international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said.

Asked about Nicosia’s representations to London over the latter’s stance on the issue of Cyprus’ EEZ and if Cyprus will ask the British side to make their position clear, the Spokesman said that the President of the Republic expects from Britain to have a position in line with the international law, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and of course in line with the position expressed from the very beginning by the UK Foreign Secretary, in line with the EU general position, announced by the Commission’s Vice President Ms Mogherini.

Mogherini has called upon Turkey to refrain from illegal actions in the EEZ of Cyprus, show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of the Republic.

Cyprus made representations to the UK on Wednesday following a statement by British Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan, before the House of Commons, that exploratory drilling for hydrocarbons should not be taking place in areas where sovereignty is under dispute and a subsequent statement by the Foreign Office which said that the position of the UK is that, in line with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, exploratory drilling should not proceed in any area where sovereignty is under dispute.

Moreover, President Nicos Anastasiades was going to send a letter about this issue to the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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