Turkey submits document on continental shelf

Turkey submits document on continental shelf


By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia

While the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides continue talks for a settlement regarding the unification of Cyprus (divided since the1974 Turkish invasion), Ankara with an official document submitted to the United Nations and addressed to the Secretary General, sets out 27 new coordinates demarcating the continental shelf between Turkey’s shores and those of the Turkish held-north part of the island (a state recognized only by Ankara). In the document, date April 2014, Turkey further requests that this demarcation be made internationally official in the law of the Sea bulletin and posted on the website of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, which includes maritime boundaries, maritime zones and areas.

The Greek side believes that the Ankara document is undermining the ongoing settlement, while seeking to give energy rights and upgrade the international status of the north part of Cyprus.

Negotiators in South Africa

Meantime, the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot negotiators continued their contacts in South Africa with a meeting on Monday, in Cape Town, with former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, FW De Klerk.

According to a message by Greek Cypriot negotiator, Andreas Mavroyiannis, on his twitter, De Klerk gave “a moving account on crucial moments where one has to live up to historic responsibility for the future of the country.” The negotiators also met with the national intelligence chief, Moe Shaik, on the role of intelligence and integration of agencies in South Africa.

The two negotiators had a meeting with Dr Charles Villa-Vicencio to discuss the formation, work and role of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was created in South Africa after the end of apartheid. Villa-Vicencio is an academic, theologian from South Africa, who from 1996 to 1998 played a pivotal role in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a national research director.

Turkish Cypriot negotiator, Kudret Ozersay, described as a “positive development” their visit to South Africa during which they have the opportunity to examine at length and in detail the positive and the negative elements of other peace processes. He said the substance of the conflict in South Africa is very different to the Cyprus problem and cannot be used as an example for Cyprus.

Mavroyiannis and Ozersay are due to leave South Africa on Saturday afternoon.

Government is “determinate”

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated his government`s determination to engage in a result oriented negotiating process with a view to achieving a settlement which will serve the legitimate interests of the Cypriot people.

President Anastasiades was speaking during an official ceremony, at the Presidential Palace, on Monday, during which the new Croatian Ambassador to Nicosia Ivan Velmir Starcevic. who is based in Athens, presented him with his credentials, an official press release says.

On his part Starcevic welcomed on behalf of his government the resumption of Cyprus talks and promised to continue following them closely, hoping for their successful outcome.

Addressing the Ambassador, President Anastasiades noted that “your arrival in Cyprus coincides with a critical juncture for our island”. Since I assumed my duties, he added, “I declared my intention to work relentlessly aiming at finding a viable and just solution to the Cyprus problem, which remains our top priority”.

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu reached on February 11, 2014, an agreement, which led to the resumption of UN- backed peace talks, with a view to reunite the country under a federal roof.