President to raise the issue of illegal Turkish navtex at informal meeting of EU leaders on Friday

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will raise the issue of the Turkish actions in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone during the informal European Council to be held in Brussels on the 23rd of February, sources have told CNA.

On Tuesday Anastasiades called a meeting at the Presidential Palace following the renewal, until March 10, of an illegal Turkish navtex, set to expire on Thursday.

The Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JCCR) noted in a navtex it has issued, that Turkey’s navtex was referring to unauthorized and illegal activities in the exclusive economic zone, the continental shelf and the search and rescue region of the Republic of Cyprus.

It stressed that this action is illegal, constitutes a violation of international law, affects the maritime safety procedures and is also a criminal offence under the laws of the Republic of Cyprus.

Anastasiades had earlier today a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras regarding the issue.

On Wednesday morning, the President will preside over a meeting of the Council of parliamentary parties leaders, to be followed by a meeting which the President will have with the US Ambassador to Cyprus, Kathleen Doherty.

Drillship Saipem 12000, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, was halted on the 9th of February by Turkish warships en route to a location within block 3 of Cyprus EEZ.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks commenced at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 28, but in the early hours of July 7, it was announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency