Mogherini, Cypriot FM discuss Turkish drilling off Cyprus

BRUSSELS, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini held a phone conversation Friday with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides and “deplored Turkey’s further drilling activities 45 nm off the southern coast of Cyprus.” “Turkey’s actions come at a moment when intensified efforts are ongoing for the resumption of Cyprus settlement talks under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General. It remains crucial to ensure a conducive environment for these talks,” said Mogherini’s office in a statement.

“Turkey needs to refrain from such actions and respect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources in accordance with international law within its Exclusive Economic Zone,” it said.

The two European official discussed “the possibility of targeted measures in light of Turkey’s continued drilling activities. ” Mogherini also decided that the issue will be on the agenda of the next EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 October in Luxembourg.

“Turkey should accept the invitation of the government of Cyprus and address the issue of delimitation of Exclusive Economic Zones and continental shelf through dialogue and negotiation in good faith and in full respect of international law and in accordance with the principle of good neighbourly relations,” it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency