Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation

Cyprus to block Turkey’s EU talks after EEZ violation

Cyprus has said it will block any progress in Turkey's EU membership talks in response to a violation of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by a Turkish survey vessel.

“We cannot consent to the opening of any new chapters under the current circumstances,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told journalists on Tuesday after a session of the National Council, which is made up of parliamentary party leaders and advises President Nicos Anastasiades.

Christodoulides said that the National Council had decided to promote a total of eight measures in response to Ankara's assertiveness, including lodging a formal complaint against Turkey at an EU leader's meeting later this week.

The Turkish research vessel Barbaros, escorted by one warship and two support vessels, entered Block 3 inside Nicosia’s EEZ on Monday morning. According to a so-called Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) note issued by Ankara in early October – and which at the time caused Nicosia to suspend UN-brokered peace negotiations – the vessel plans to carry out seismic surveys for natural gas exploration until December 30.

Πηγή: ekathimerini.com

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