President Nicos Anastasiades held Friday separate consecutive meetings with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, on the sidelines of the second day of the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan.
An official press release said “the discussion was focused on the situation that was developed following the Turkish navtex and Turkey`s intention to violate the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, in combination with the fact that the drilling by ENI- Kogas is underway within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus”.
“The need for respect of the sovereign rights of an EU member state which acts on the basis of the international law and the Convention on the Law of the Sea was reaffirmed” the press release added.
Moreover, the need for uninterrupted continuation of the drilling within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus was stressed, it said.
Anastasiades and his interlocutors agreed to stay in contact, to evaluate developments and to meet again in the framework of the upcoming European Council to be held in Brussels next week.
Turkey has issued recently a NAVTEX (Navigational Telex), a notice to mariners advising that it was reserving areas south of Cyprus for seismic surveys from October 20 to December 30.
Following Turkey’s provocations, Anastasiades has recently announced his decision to suspend his participation in the UN backed negotiations which aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.
Source: FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE — (KYPE) Saturday, 18 October, 2014