EU calls on Turkey to respect Cyprus' sovereign rights
The European Council has called on Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its waters, and has reminded Ankara that recognising all EU member states was a prerequisite for its EU accession course.
In its conclusions, the European Council expresses concern over the new tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and urged Turkey to show restraint and respect Cyprus` sovereignty in its waters and the sovereign rights of Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone.
Furthermore, it points out that it is imperative to secure a positive climate so that negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem can resume.
The final text of the conclusions was the result of improvements to three drafts.
Commenting on the conclusions, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides expressed satisfaction and said the references in the conclusions were very important, noting that from the outset there had been excellent coordination between Cyprus and Greece. He added that many leaders had contributed towards achieving such favourable conclusions.
Christodoulides said the conclusions would help exert pressure on Turkey and for the Cyprus talks to resume, adding that Cyprus was expecting the European Commission to monitor the situation.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Talks underway between President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have been interrupted after President Anastasiades suspended his participation, following Turkish provocations in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone.
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