We are keeping up with our diplomatic and legal efforts to halt Turkey’s unprecedented behavior, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades stated tonight.
Speaking to the press upon his arrival at the Foundation of Archbishop Makarios III, and invited to comment on the recent illegal activity recorded by Turkey within the Cypriot EEZ, the President of the Republic noted that “unfortunately, they keep on violating international law; however, we continue as well our our efforts through diplomatic and legal actions to halt this unprecedented behavior”.
To a question regarding whether the EU should adopt tougher measures against Turkey, since what has been announced so far has not worked in a deterrent manner, President Anastasiades responded that “more vigorously, I do not want to create illusions or the image that Europe is ready to take such measures, at least for now. Therefore, what I do say is that we will continue with the same determination and the execution of the energy program alongside the steps in every direction, in the hope that if they (Turkey) want peace, if they want a solution to the Cyprus issue, they will finally abide to those which are also constitutive of the rules of international law”.
To a question on whether any strong move from France was being expected, given the information that a French aircraft carrier would be heading down to the region due to the Turkish provocations, the President of the Republic replied that “France (no doubt) plays a leading role in its efforts to appease the Turkish movements or intercept them. But I don’t want to comment on anything else”. /ibna