Anastasiades briefs Juncker on developments in Cyprus

Anastasiades briefs Juncker on developments in Cyprus

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has briefed European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, in a telephone conversation, on recent developments in the Cyprus problem.

Juncker briefed the President on his meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and reaffirmed the EU position on the Republic`s inalienable right to exploit natural resources in its EEZ.

In a written statement Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides says Anastasiades and Juncker had a telephone conversation late on Thursday afternoon.

During their conversation President Anastasiades briefed Juncker “on recent developments in the Cyprus problem, with an emphasis on the illegal renewal on the part of Turkey of a Navtex for areas in the Republic of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)”, Christodoulides notes.

He adds that Anastasiades also briefed Juncker “on his initiative which was aimed towards the resumption of talks and to which there was no reciprocation on the Turkish part”.

Juncker, Christodoulides continues, briefed President Anastasiades “of the meetings he had in Brussels with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and reaffirmed the EU`s position over the Republic of Cyprus` inalienable right to exploit the natural wealth in its EEZ”.

Cyprus President and European Commission President agreed to stay in touch, he concludes.

President 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.

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