Cyprus will veto the opening of any new chapter in Turkey’s EU path

Published by: Cyprus Mail

The National Council on Tuesday issued a joint communiqué condemning Turkey’s encroachment of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by the seismic vessel Barbaros and two support vessels, and announcing a list of steps it would be taking to counter the move.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said after the meeting that “in a spirit of complete consensus” the members of the council had agreed a number of steps.

Chief among them would be that President Nicos Anastasiades would denounce Turkey at the European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

Cyprus would use its status as an EU member state in international fora to take measures that would ‘cost’ Turkey politically and diplomatically for its illegal actions.

The Republic would also veto the opening of any more chapters in Turkey’s EU accession process, and study the possibility of recourse to the UN Security Council.

The Attorney-general’s office would study the possibility of taking legal action against those involved in any way in the illegal Turkish action.

Cyprus would also continue with diplomatic representations and would take other steps that would not be made public, the spokesman said.

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