In the shadow of the Turkish provocations
By Michalis Michael
The seventh summit between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt is being held in Cairo, Egypt today, with the Cypriot side placing high on the agenda the need to emphasize international legitimacy against Turkey’s illegal actions at the expense of the Republic of Cyprus. During the session, which begins this morning, bilateral meetings will be held between the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades and the President of Egypt, Abtel Fatah Al Sissi, as well as with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Shortly after noon (Cyprus time) will take place the tripartite part of the Summit and the three leaders will then hold a joint press conference. The President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, will be accompanied by Foreign and Energy Ministers Nikos Christodoulides and Giorgos Lakotroupis, as well as the Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.
As the Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou had stated, the Tripartite Summit in Cairo is of particular importance at this particular time, as it sets the tone of cooperation, based on international legitimacy against Turkey’s unlawful intrusions at the expense of the Republic of Cyprus. Prodromou noted that Cyprus, Greece and Egypt’s commitment to co-operation based on international law and in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS, and support for the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus will also be reflected in its Declaration. Tripartite.
He also described as of special importance the bilateral meeting of the President of the Republic with the President of Egypt, in which he said that the two leaders would discuss, inter alia, the illegal Turkish actions and provocations. Following the announcement of Ankara’s intention to drill in the Cypriot EEZ, and in particular in Block “7”, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its representative, reaffirmed the rights and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over its resources in the Middle East region, in accordance with international law, including areas in which Cyprus has granted licenses for exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons.
The announcement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Saturday warned of the consequences of the continuation of any unilateral actions that violate Cypriot rights and threaten security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region, stressing the need for the respect and implementation of international law. Energy co-operation will be another important chapter in the tripartite agenda in Cairo, given the countries’ participation in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, along with other countries in the region.
EU-Egypt relations and the role of the Suez Canal Economic Zone in promoting economic opportunities between Europe and Africa, as well as the economic and cultural relations of the three countries will also be discussed./ibna