Turkey’s new NAVTEX complicates efforts to overcome deadlock

Turkey’s new NAVTEX complicates efforts to overcome deadlock

Turkey`s decision to extend its NAVTEX notification in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone for illegal exploration for hydrocarbon reserves complicates efforts to overcome today`s deadlock at the Cyprus talks, sources close to the government told CNA.

The same sources said that the Greek Cypriot side continues the efforts to find a way to overcome the deadlock but circumstances are difficult due to Turkey`s actions.

Meanwhile, it was announced today that the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary – General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will make a brief visit to the island from 13 to 14 January.

The purpose of the visit is to ascertain directly from the leaders their views on the current impasse in the talks and prospects for its resolution. Eide urged the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to remain focused on resuming the talks.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades issued an announcement on Monday stressing that he will not return to the negotiating table as long as the Turkish violation of the sovereignty of the Republic continues.

He repeated the basic law principle that the natural wealth of the country belongs to the state and that each government has the responsibility for its management for the benefit of all legal residents of the country.

President Anastasiades has 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 on Tuesday 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 normalize relations with Nicosia.