Turkish, Greek Foreign Ministries exchange words over the newest Turkish drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

Turkish, Greek Foreign Ministries exchange words over the newest Turkish drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

In a statement issued by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy, Turkey on Tuesday criticized the Greek Foreign Ministry’s statements regarding the country’s maritime jurisdiction and drilling activities.

“Greece, with today’s statement, once again exhibits her unrealistic perceptions and rights-refusing attitudes regarding the problems in our region”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

Aksoy noted that the Greek Cypriot side deliberately ignores the fact that Turkey has legal and sovereign rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

“Turkish Cypriots have equal rights, as the co-owner of the Island, on the resources around the Island”, he added.

Aksoy also said that the real threat to peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean “is the minimalist and uncompromising attitude of the Greek and Greek Cypriot duo”.

“We will resolutely continue to protect both our country’s and the Turkish Cypriots’ rights in the Eastern Mediterranean”, he adds.

The reason for the announcement of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the announcement of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which stated the unequivocal condemnation of the new alleged illegal drilling of Turkey within the EEZ and the continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus, in plots that have been licensed through legal procedures to European energy companies.

“This is another provocation that scorns the calls of the EU and the international community for respect for the international law and the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus. It confirms, for the umpteenth time, Turkey’s destabilizing role, as well as its characterization as the ultimate violator of international law in the region”, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement went on to say that “repetition and obsession with delinquent behavior do not produce justice, nor do they create fait accompli”.

“We express our full support and absolute solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus and call on Turkey to respect international law again and to refrain from actions that undermine security and stability in our common neighborhood”, the statement concludes/ibna