Cyprus: Anastasiades-Mitsotakis coordinate actions over the phone in view of latest Turkish provocation

Cyprus: Anastasiades-Mitsotakis coordinate actions over the phone in view of latest Turkish provocation

The Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis contacted today the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, according to an announcement by the Deputy Government Spokesman Panagiotis Sentonas.

During their telephone conversation, the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister of Greece discussed the current developments in the light of the new illegal and provocative action of Turkey, which concerns the issuance of a new NAVTEX that violates the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and Greece.

The purpose of the telephone communication was the coordination and closer cooperation of the two Governments, with the aim of undertaking joint actions, both at EU level and at the level of friendly countries in the region.

The meeting of the President of the Republic with French President Emmanuel Macron was also at the center of the discussion between the two leaders.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Government Spokesman Panagiotis Sentonas told reporters on his way out of the Presidential Palace that “the position of the President of the Republic is that the EU must show a more decisive attitude towards Turkey”, adding that “tomorrow morning the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades will have a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron”.

President Anastasiades will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defence, the Government Spokesman and Giorgow Lakkotrypis in his capacity as Advisor to the President on Energy.

Tomorrow’s meeting will focus on defence, energy, bilateral relations, Turkey’s illegal and provocative stance and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region as they unfold.

In relation to the new also illegal and provocative action of Turkey with the issuance of a new NAVTEX that violates the sovereign rights of both the Republic of Cyprus and Greece, I must say that the Government is monitoring the issue closely and constantly. It is in consultation with the Greek Government, but contacts have also been made with our European partners.

Tomorrow this issue will be raised during the meeting of the President of the Republic with President Macron, and I must remind you that it was the position of the President of the Republic throughout the previous period that the EU must show a more decisive attitude towards Turkey.

Let me remind you that during his recent speech at the European Council, the President of the Republic called for the extension of measures towards Turkey.

It has been decided that a special European Council meeting on the EU’s strategic relationship with Turkey will take place in autumn, and we consider it important that provision has been included in the European Council Conclusions on the financing of third countries, including Turkey, which states that funding is subject to the respect shown by these third countries for the UN Charter and international law”./ibna