Press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the NAVTEX issued by Turkey

With reference to the navigational warning (NAVTEX) no. 410/17, dated 19.04.2017, which was issued by Turkey and which purports to reserve an area within the territorial sea, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Cyprus off the coast of Famagusta for the conduct of seismic surveys, between 21 April and 30 June 2017, by the survey vessel BARBAROS HAYREDDIN PASA and support vessel BRAVO SUPPORTER, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus emphasizes the following:

The said NAVTEX was issued by an incompetent authority and is, therefore, invalid. The competence for the issuance of NAVTEX concerning the reservation of areas within the search and rescue region of Cyprus belongs to the Republic of Cyprus. In this context, proper actions were taken in order to inform all interested parties in relation to the invalidity of the Turkish NAVTEX.

The announced seismic surveys within the territorial sea, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, if materialized, would constitute a violation by Turkey of the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its maritime zones under international law, both conventional and customary, as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Government of the Republic of Cyprus reserves its right to act in a way it deems appropriate, in accordance with international law, in the event that the aforementioned activities by Turkey take place.

Source: Press and Information Office