Turkey’s attitude on all fronts is generally described by nervousness, says Greek Alternate FM

“Turkeys attitude on all fronts is generally described by nervousness and President Ergodan himself linked what is happening in the Aegean with the things happening in Cyprus,” stated Alternate Foreign Minister responsible for European issues George Katrougalos, speaking on Friday to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency radio “Praktoreio 104.9FM”.

“There seems to be a considerable de-escalation of the situation (after the incident at Imia) but obviously this does not justify any lack of vigilance on our part because there is still the open front of Cyprus and what will happen regarding the continued exploration, the minister remarked.

The drilling in Cyprus block, he added, will go ahead and this probably explains the edginess on the Turkish side.”

Referring to Greeces stance regarding the incident near the Imia islets, where a Turkish patrol boat rammed a vessel of the Greek Coast Guard, Katrougalos underlined: “Our stance should always be a combination of determination and cool-headedness, meaning we should avoid an escalation of tension but also not accept any fait accompli.

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.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency