Fokaides: ‘Turkey’s new provocative action should concern EU’

Fokaides: ‘Turkey’s new provocative action should concern EU’

Nicosia, March 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

Cypriot Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides said that “Turkey’s new provocative action should not concern only Greece and Cyprus but also our EU partners”, commenting on Turkey’s move to reserve a large chunk of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year.

The country has issued a Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, reserving an extensive airspace over the Aegean Sea from March 2 to December 31, 2015, for military use.

Greece says the move intrudes into Greek airspace, interferes with traffic to two regional airports and affects two international traffic routes. Greece’s civil aviation authority has issued a navigational warning stating the Turkish NOTAM is null and void.

A Greek government spokesman said Greece will take the matter to NATO, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO).

Cypriot Defence Minister commented today that this is not the first Turkish provocation against Cyprus and Greece.