Dialogue with Ankara remains to be attainable to de-escalate tensions within the Japanese Mediterranean, the Cypriot president stated on Wednesday. Nonetheless, he once more accused Turkey of provocations.

Cyprus is able to have interaction in dialogue with Turkey to resolve variations however not underneath threats, President Nicos Anastasiades stated on Wednesday, after a gathering with EU Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia. The Cypriot chief cited Turkey’s transfer “to increase unlawful drilling” with the Yavuz vessel, including that “a collection of initiatives are ongoing that search an finish to Ankara’s illegal actions.”

Turkey started drilling for oil and gasoline close to Cyprus final yr. On Tuesday, Ankara prolonged the operations of the Yavuz drill ship in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus till October 12. The vessel can be accompanied by three different Turkish ships, based on a maritime discover. It warned that “all vessels are strongly suggested to not enter” the realm.

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Turkey says the Nicosia administration doesn’t signify the pursuits of Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus was break up after a 1974 Turkish invasion spurred by a short coup engineered by the navy in Greece. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus is acknowledged solely by Ankara, whereas the internationally acknowledged Greek Cypriot authorities has lengthy been at loggerheads with Ankara.

Turkey and Greece are additionally at odds over maritime borders and sources. Athens stated on Tuesday it was prepared for talks with Ankara following the withdrawal of a Turkish exploration vessel from a disputed area.

European Fee President Ursula Von der Leyen stated in her ‘State of the Union’ speech on Wednesday that nothing might justify Turkey’s “intimidation” of Greece and Cyprus within the Japanese Mediterranean because the dispute over power sources continues. “Turkey is and can all the time be an vital neighbor. However whereas we’re shut collectively on the map, the space between us seems to be rising,” Von der Leyen advised members of the European Parliament.

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