Cyprus says ready for a dialogue with Turkey but not under threats
16 Sep 2020
Nicos Anastasiades and EU Council President Charles Michel bump elbows at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus on Wednesday.
Cyprus is ready to engage in dialogue with Turkey to resolve differences but not under threats, the Mediterranean island's President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.
“Yesterday unfortunately a Turkish NAVTEX to expand illegal drilling by the Yavuz vessel was extended when at the same time a series of initiatives are ongoing that seek an end to Ankara's unlawful actions and de-escalation,” he said, after a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia.
Anastasiades said Turkey was continuing its provocations in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is seen being escorted by a Turkish Navy frigate in the eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus.
On Tuesday Turkey extended the operations of its Yavuz energy drill ship in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until Oct. 12, in a move that could stir tension between the island's Greek Cypriot government and Ankara.