The EU – Turkey Summit in Varna, “is still relevant”, says European Commission Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas, who was invited to comment on the future of this Summit, especially in the light of recent Turkey`s actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
Asked by CNA, whether the Varna Summit is still relevant, as Turkey has been ignoring every call by the EU to respect Cyprus` EEZ, Schinas said: “The answer is yes, it is relevant and the President had the chance to discuss this with Prime Minister Yildirim in Munich, precisely to prepare the road to Varna.”
Drillship Saipem 12000, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, was halted by Turkish warships en route to a location within block 3 of Cyprus’ EEZ.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks commenced at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana on June 28, but in the early hours of July 7, it was announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof./IBNA