Greece has thanked Russia for the stance it has adopted, as a UN Security Council permanent member, during the tension which Turkey had created in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone, expressing at the same time its support for the resumption of the UN-led peace talks to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
In his introductory remarks before the joint press conference in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras thanked Putin personally “for Russia’s firm stance at the UN Security Council, during the tension which Turkey caused in the Republic of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone.”
He also stressed the importance of the resumption of the talks on the basis of international treaties and UN resolutions.
UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide announced on Tuesday in Nicosia, after separate meetings with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the resumption of peace talks after the illegal elections in the northern Turkish occupied areas of the island.
Peace talks were suspended in October last year as Turkish vessel research Barbaros violated Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone and Ankara issued a NAVTEX, which reserved part of Cyprus` EEZ. NAVTEX was renewed in January this year and expired on April 6, 2015. The Turkish vessel Barbaros has withdrawn from Cyprus` EEZ.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY