President: Southern EU leaders support Cyprus’ sovereign rights, condemn Turkey

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades thanks the leaders of the Southern EU member states for their support to the inalienable sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and for unanimously condemning Turkish violations.

I thank the leaders of the Summit #EUMed7Malta for their support to the inalienable right of the Republic of Cyprus to exercise its sovereign rights within its EEZ and for unanimously condemning the violation of international law, the law of the sea on the part of Turkey President Anastasiades says in a message posted on Saturday in his twitter account, following Friday’s 6th Summit of the Southern European Union Countries in Valletta.

He also notes Cyprus-related references contained in the Valletta Declaration, which was adopted by the leaders at the MED7 Summit.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Last month Turkey issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Fatih, accompanied by three service ships, 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