Moscow wants a military base in Cyprus

Moscow wants a military base in Cyprus

Nicosia, January 21, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

Moscow is interested in a potential agreement with Cyprus for military facilitation on the island, the country`s Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has said on Wednesday.

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is expected to visit the Russian capital in the end of February.

Osadchiy said however that at the present stage, Moscow`s consultations with the Cypriot Foreign Ministry concern the preparation of bilateral agreements to be signed during Anastasiades` visit.

Replying to questions, Osadchiy confirmed Moscow`s interest in an agreement providing military facilitation to Russia – similar to the ones in place with France and Germany – and noted that the matter was being discussed.

Moreover, the Ambassador noted that Moscow is following developments concerning the Cyprus issue and natural gas.

The issue of the Turkish research vessel “Barbaros” has been discussed with the Foreign Ministry and Russia urges all sides to break the deadlock, the Osadchiy said.

He noted that “we are doing everything to improve existing good relations between our countries”.

Draft resolution for Ankara

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU to do so and normalise relations with Nicosia.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades suspended his participation in the UN-led peace talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.

Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced recently the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament underlined the Republic of Cyprus’ legitimate right to enter into bilateral agreements concerning its exclusive economic zone, while calling on Ankara to respect the member states` lawful sovereign rights concerning the exploitation of their natural resources.

The 2014 draft progress report on Turkey, prepared by the EP rapporteur on Turkey, MEP Kati Piri, contains two paragraphs on Cyprus under the section titled “Building good neighbourly relations”, in which the Turkish government is called to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) “without further delay”.

Some provisions of UNCLOS are implemented as part of the ‘acquis communautaire’, the EP motion for a resolution, dated January 8, 2015, notes in paragraph 32.

Moreover, the European Parliament calls on Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of all member states, including those relating to the exploration and exploitation of natural resources, when in line with the EU acquis and international law.

Furthermore, it reiterates in paragraph 33 its strong support for the reunification of Cyprus, on the basis of a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement for both communities, in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The EP also calls on the leaders of both communities in Cyprus to resume negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General “at the earliest convenience”, while expressing strong support for the efforts made by the UN Special Adviser on Cyprus to create the conditions for the resumption of talks.

Finally, the draft resolution calls on Turkey to actively support the negotiations for the island`s reunification.