President says support from EU27 reiterates need to avoid violation of sovereign rights

The support extended by the EU27 constitutes a reiteration of the necessity to avoid any violation of the sovereign rights of a member state, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said.

In statements on Sunday evening and commenting on the results of Friday’s Informal European Council in Brussels, President Anastasiades said that there is no doubt that the support given by the 27, and I hope this will be the stance during the European Council, is a reiteration of the necessity to avoid any violation of the sovereign rights of a member state.

EU Council President Tusk told the Press, after the informal Summit in Brussels on Friday that President Anastasiades and Prime Minister Tsipras informed the EU27 about Turkeys illegal violations in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Aegean.

On behalf of all the EU leaders, Tusk expressed the EUs solidarity with Cyprus and Greece, and called on Turkey to terminate these activities.

The Varna EU – Turkey Summit, of the 26th of March is as of now conditional to Turkeys termination of illegal actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and the EU leaders reassessment of Turkeys behavior in the Formal March EU Summit (22-23) according to Tusk.

President Anastasiades noted that there is no need for arrogance or the creation of a climate that will not allow us to manage what we should with prudence.

Invited to comment on the provocative remarks from the Turkish Cypriot side, President Anastasiades said that in order to proceed to talks, there must be the right conditions, and as long as there is such behaviour, you understand that with threats or blackmail it is not possible to have an outcome with free will for a solution that will allow us to meet the expectations of our people.

Thus, Ankara and our Turkish Cypriot compatriots must understand that in order for there to be prospects and a future � to the benefit of our people � there must be mutual respect, he stressed.

President Anastasiades also said that the violation of international law, the violation of human rights, the imposition of power by the force of arms of the various policies decided on in any centres, I do not consider to be a response to what our people, Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot, expect.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Efforts to reach a solution under UN auspices have so far been unsuccessful.

SAIPEM 12000 drillship, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, to start drilling operations in block 3 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was halted by five Turkish warships last Friday morning while making a new effort to reach Soupia target, which it was unable to fulfil due to Turkish threats.

Two weeks ago Saipem had to halt its transfer journey to block 3 of Cyprus EEZ, when it was stopped by Turkish military ships with a notice not to continue because there would be military activities in the destination area.

Source: Cyprus News Agency