EU moves ahead with targeted measures against natural and legal persons for illegal Turkish drilling

EU moves ahead with targeted measures against natural and legal persons for illegal Turkish drilling

The conclusions of the Council of Foreign Ministers

By Michalis Michael

EU appears ready to take action against Turkey’s provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ, a development that seems to satisfy Nicosia. It is recalled that during Donald Tusk’s recent visit to Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades had emphasized the need for a targeted response to Turkey’s actions.

The EU Council of Foreign Ministers, according to CNA’s reports from Luxembourg, adopted today conclusions on Turkey’s illegal drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, agreeing with the establishment of a framework regime for restrictive measures directed against persons responsible for or involved in the illegal hydrocarbon drilling activity in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In detail, according to the text of the conclusions, the 28 states: “In light of Turkey’s continued illegal drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean, the Council reaffirms its full solidarity with Cyprus, regarding the respect of its sovereignty and sovereign rights in accordance with international law. It recalls its conclusions of 15 July 2019 in all its parts, and notably that delimitation of exclusive economic zones and continental shelf should be addressed through dialogue and negotiation in good faith, in full respect of international law and in accordance with the principle of good neighbourly relations”.

“The Council, based on preparatory work already undertaken, agrees that a framework regime of restrictive measures targeting natural and legal persons responsible for or involved in the illegal drilling activity of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean is put in place, and invites the High Representative and the Commission to swiftly present proposals to this effect”, concludes the FAC.

Satisfaction in the Cypriot Foreign Ministry

According to our information, the first impression of the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus on the above is positive. It is stressed that today’s decisions are a continuation of the political, diplomatic and economic measures taken by EU foreign ministers last July in light of Turkey’s non-compliance with EU decisions. The EU, in its current decisions, sends a clear message to Turkey that its actions are doomed, but at the same time it is also a message to all those involved in these illegal acts that their actions have consequences./ibna