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Cyprus sides with international law while Turkey tries to impose its will through the use of force, FΜ say

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that the international community ignores the fact that Turkey uses force or threatens to use force in the case of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, noting at the same time that Nicosia sides with international law.

Addressing a seminar on Thursday evening about the role of Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, at the University of Cyprus, Kasoulides referred to the latest developments in the region. He said that Turkey aims to impose its own opinion through the use of force and with an argumentation that has nothing to do with international law.

There are similar types of disputes around the world and if we don’t allow for international law to prevail, then we will certainly see the “law of the jungle” prevail, the Minister added.

He also said that Cyprus did not expect from its partners from the various trilateral cooperation schemes to use their own means in order to counter Turkish forces in the Eastern Mediterranean. “These trilateral cooperation schemes have nothing to do with a military alliance or an alliance that turns against other states” he said.

Kasoulides noted that apart from Cyprus’ and Greece’ interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, there are also the interests of other European countries, which have a role to play and which must face from now on Turkey’s provocative actions.

The same event was addressed by Greek conservative MP Giorgos Koumoutsakos who said that Turkish actions in the EEZ “went too far”. Ankara is putting obstacles to an independent country, a member of the UN, to exercise its sovereign rights in the region, he said, adding that this is unacceptable.

He added that the EU has also a role to play, since the obstacles put forward by Turkey in the region turn against a declared European policy. Otherwise there is an issue of credibility for the EU, the Greek MP concluded.

The event was also addressed by the Rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides and was attended by Ambassadors, officials and members of the academic community. CNA was the media sponsor.

Drillship Saipem 12000, conducting operations on behalf of ENI in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, had to halt its transfer journey to a new location on February 9 when it was stopped by Turkish military ships with a notice not to continue because there would be military activities in the destination area. Saipem 12000 has planned drilling operations on behalf of ENI in block 3 of the Republic of Cyprus’ EEZ.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

source: CNA

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