UK Cypriots ask MP May for support against Turkish provocations

Members of the Cypriot diaspora in London have sent a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to call upon Turkey to remove its warships from Cyprus EEZ.

The undersigned British citizens, members of the strong Greek Cypriot Community, that originate from cities, towns and villages of the occupied by the Turkish army since 1974 northern part of Cyprus also ask the Prime Minister to call upon Turkey to adhere to international law and allow the Republic of Cyprus to exercise its sovereign and legal rights to explore and exploit its natural resources.

Gunboat diplomacy has no place in the 21st century, state Leonidas Leonidou, Andreas Tambourides, Antonis Savvides, Doros Partasides, George Hadjipavlis, Ioannis Kouvaros, Serafim Diakou,Spyros Neophytou, Tasos Poyiatzis and Ms Stella Dinenis.

The letter notes the recent blockade by Turkish warships of the Italian firm ENI’s drillship Saipem 12000 en route to a drilling location in Block 3 of Cypruss Exclusive Economic Zone, the Turkish attempts to escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean through increased military presence, as well as the increased hostility from Turkey towards the Republic of Cyprus over the past few years, due to the latter’s sovereign and legal plans to exploit significant hydrocarbon reserves.

They also convey the increased anxiety and concern of the people of Cyprus, due to Turkey’s recent provocative actions; they remind the Prime Minister of the concerns expressed by British MPs on this issue and of the full and firm support of the European Union leaders and of the European Parliament towards the Republic of Cyprus’s government and citizens, as expressed by its President Antonio Tajani.

The letter has also been copied to Conservative Party MPs Theresa Villiers, Mathew Offord, Sir Roger Gale, Mike Freer, Sheryll Murray, Sir David Amess and Martin Vickers.

Source: Cyprus News Agency