President informs IPU President on Cyprus problem and Turkey’s illegal actions

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades informed on Thursday the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Gabriela Cuevas Barron about the Cyprus problem and the Turkish illegal actions against Cyprus, that do not allow the resumption of the negotiations on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said.

In a post on his twitter account, Prodromou also noted that during their meeting, that took place at the Presidential Palace, Anastasiades and Cuevas Barron exchanged views on the role and the activities of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. 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.

Last month Turkey issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. 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. Yavuz, a second Turkish drill ship is also en route, approaching the region.

Source: Cyprus News Agency