Syllouris urges counterparts to exercise influence towards Turkey as regards EEZ provocations

House President, Demetris Syllouris, has urged his counterparts to exercise their influence towards Turkey to refrain from its illegal activities, to abide by international law and EU norms and principles, not least its commitments towards the EU as a whole and towards each and every single member thereof.

Syllouris has sent letters to his counterparts in the EU, the P5 and the Chairs of international and regional parliaments pointing out that Turkey must respect the inalienable sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to utilize its eez and must finally realise that such actions are not acceptable or for that matter compatible with efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem through peaceful negotiations and they are not compatible with its EU aspirations.

Such violations only serve to reveal the real negative intensions of Ankara vis-A�-vis the solution of the Cyprus problem. Recent remarks of the UN Security Council underlined the need to avoid actions that damage any chances of success for the resumption of talks, Syllouris pointed out.

The Cyprus House Speaker said that Turkey’s drilling merely creates a climate of intimidation for all involved, not least the companies which operate in full accordance with international law in Cyprus’ EEZ. He added, that it also clearly results in sustaining a climate of general mistrust that further complicates any prospects of a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Syllouris also pointed out that Turkey’s intention to carry out illegal hydrocarbon exploration operations in Cyprus eez and continental shelf are a blatant violation of international law, particularly UNCLOS as well as EU law and maritime safety procedures, off the west coastline of the Republic of Cyprus. Unfortunately such obstruction is not the first and is fully in line with Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy, aiming to prevent the Republic of Cyprus from exercising its sovereign rights over its natural resources Syllouris said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency