UK following developments in E. Mediterranean, in touch with governments of Cyprus and Turkey BHC spokesperson tells CN

The UK is following developments in the Eastern Mediterranean with concern ,a spokesperson of the UK High Commission in Cyprus told CNA, invited to comment Turkeys intention to conduct drilling activities within the Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.

We are following developments with concern. We are in close touch with governments of Cyprus and Turkey. We wish to see the situation deescalated, the UK High Commission spokesperson said.

Asked if the UK agrees with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini’s statement on the issue, he replied: Yes, the UK agrees with the High Representative’s position on the issue.

In her statement, Mogherini expressed grave concern over Turkeys announced intention to carry out drilling activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus., urgently calling on Turkey to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone and refrain from any such illegal action to which the European Union will respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus.

Turkey has issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Drillship Fatih” is in an area west of the Akamas peninsula within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Turkey does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency