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EU urges Turkey restraint in Cyprus energy dispute

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 23 May 2019

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AFP reported that the European Union recently called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island. During a visit to Cyprus, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Mr Michel Barnier reiterated the bloc's backing for the EU member after it gave Turkey a stern message at a summit in Romania this month.

Mr Barnier told reporters in Nicosia "We express grave concern over Turkey's announced intention to carry out drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus. We urgently call on Turkey to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus. refrain from any such illegal action."

The senior EU official also suggested there would be consequences if Ankara persisted when saying the European Union "will respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus".

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has slammed Turkey's drilling bid inside Cyprus waters as a "new invasion" and garnered support from fellow European Union leaders. The United States, Israel and Egypt have also come out against Turkey's incursion into the island's EEZ.

Cypriot Foreign Minister Mr Nicos Christodoulides said after talks with Mr Barnier, said that "Turkey's actions, which are de-stabilising in the eastern Mediterranean region, have drawn broad condemnation from the international community."

Mr Christodoulides said that Mr Barnier was well aware of the need for the EU to "react collectively and decisively" to stop Turkey's violation of a member state's sovereign rights.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 23 May 2019
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