The response to Turkey is the uninterrupted continuation of our ongoing energy planning, and an important drilling is currently underway, Government Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides said today, responding to a question about the new turkish NAVTEX.
Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, responding to a question on how the Government is addressing the ongoing Turkish challenges in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus with the commitment of areas through NAVTEX, the spokesman replied that “this is the usual practice of Turkey, which we have been witnessing for some time to manifest either by public statements or by such actions. For us these NAVTEX, these instructions to seafarers, do not exist, they have already been canceled and no one considers or gives any legitimacy to these instructions to seafarers. For us, the answer to Turkey is the uninterrupted continuation of our ongoing energy planning, and an important drilling is currently under way. We hope very soon to have final results, and this, I repeat, is the best answer to Turkey”. Asked to determine when the results are expected, the Spokesman replied “very soon”, adding “that this is entirely up to the company conducting the drilling. I can not determine at this time exactly when”.
Responding to another question, in connection with the Government’s actions in the light of recent developments with the Afrika newspaper in the occupied areas, following the instigation by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Christodoulides noted that these are “developments that worry us; we are monitoring and evaluating them daily at various levels. Beyond that, regarding our actions, our focus is on the European Union. We have already taken action both towards the Commission and the Council, we have written the issue for discussion in the relevant Enlargement Team on Turkey’s issues”.
He added that “it is expected that the first draft of Turkey’s progress report will be prepared in April, where, as you know, in recent years we have succeeded in including Turkey’s obligations to implement ECHR decisions, including those concerning Cyprus. In this way, Turkey’s responsibility for everything that is being done in the occupied areas is highlighted, and in this context we are moving on a European level. These efforts will continue. The President of the Republic will participate, as you know, at the extraordinary European Council in the second ten-day period of February and intends to raise again the specific issue, which we consider to be particularly worrying”./IBNA