19.02.2018

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European institutions could exert pressure on Turkey, Sylikiotis says

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European institutions have tools at their disposal to exert pressure on Turkey so that it puts an end to its illegal actions within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, Cypriot MEP Neoclis Sylikiotis has told CNA. In an interview, Sylikiotis expressed the view that the “European Commission and the Council have the tools to exert pressure on Turkey so that it stops all these illegal actions.” The European Parliament, he said, “has rightly expressed clearly its position on these matters and exerts

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Our View: Cyprus now paying for Crans-Montana failure   

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EVER since Turkey’s warships ordered the Saipem 12000 drillship to stay put, 10 days ago, the Cyprus government has been saying it was working through diplomatic channels to resolve the standoff. It had to say something even if it was fully aware that its diplomatic efforts would lead nowhere and were unlikely to resolve anything. The most the government could hope for, working through diplomatic channels, was to secure some form of public censure of Turkey’s actions by other countries, which

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Mogherini says Cyprus issue should come back on the table

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The question of the resumption of negotiations on the solution of the Cyprus issue is among the issues that the European Union discusses on a regular and permanent basis with its Turkish counterparts, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said on Friday. Responding to a question about the release of journalist Deniz Yucel  by the Turkish authorities, and stating strictly that her answer is not related to the discussions held at ministerial level yesterday and today, Mogherini said Turkey r

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Tillerson meets Turkey’s Erdogan after weeks of strain

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Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan had a “productive and open” talk on Thursday about improving ties strained recently over their policies on Syria, in a meeting following weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara. Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies, whose relations have frayed over a number of issues, particularly U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish

Cyprus Mail

Alternative scenarios drawn up to end EEZ blockade, spokesman says

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Nicosia on Thursday said it was working through diplomatic channels to resolve the current standoff with Turkey in the island’s economic waters, while Ankara reiterated it would not allow Greek Cypriots to ‘unilaterally’ exploit natural gas resources without sharing with Turkish Cypriots. Speaking to reporters, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Cyprus’ objective remained the same: to ensure that the rig chartered by Italian oil major ENI carries out its planned gas exploratory dr

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Turkey demands US expel Kurdish militia from anti-IS force

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Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded that the United States expel a Kurdish militia from the ground forces it backs in Syria, underscoring the widening gulf between the Nato allies since Ankara launched a new Syrian offensive last month. Ties between Turkey and the United States, both allies in a US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State, have been strained to the breaking point by Washington’s support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as terrorists. The issue is

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Cyprus solution would resolve dispute says UNSG

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A solution to the Cyprus problem was the best way of resolving the hydrocarbons dispute, between Cyprus and Turkey, for good, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Guterres regretted that tensions over hydrocarbons exploration had escalated once again, and stressed that all concerned parties should do their utmost to defuse tensions, said a UN spokesperson regarding the latest developments in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. In a written reply to a question, the Secretary General, “rei

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Greece protests to Turkey over boat incident in Aegean Sea

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Greece sent an official complaint to Turkey on Tuesday, its foreign ministry said, after a Turkish vessel collided with a Greek coast guard boat off disputed islets in the Aegean Sea. The Greek coastguard said in a statement that the incident took place at Imia, known as Kardak in Turkish, at about midnight on Monday. A Turkish patrol vessel “made some risky manoeuvres” striking the left side of the Greek coast guard vessel patrolling the area, and damaging it. There were no injuries, the co

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Our View: Government faces tough decisions over our EEZ and Turkey

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The government has refrained from making a big issue out of Turkey’s decision to use its warships to stop the ENI drillship from reaching the drilling location in Block 3 of the Cypriot EEZ. Its reaction has been low-key, by usual standards, with President Anastasiades saying on Sunday that ‘in order to avoid any crisis, we are taking such diplomatic measures so that at last there would be respect for the sovereign rights of the Cyprus Republic’. All the handlings were geared towards ‘avoiding

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‘Greek Cypriots are testing Turkey’s patience’

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Cyprus is testing Turkey’s patience in the Eastern Mediterranean, a retired Turkish navy officer has said. Former vice-admiral of the Turkish navy, Cem Gurdeniz said in an interview to Turkish daily Milliyet on Sunday that the harassment of ENI’s drillship Saipem 12000 by Turkish warships is a serious demonstration of the power of the Turkish fleet. Turkey has in the 21st century strengthened its navy, he said, and will not budge on this matter. “These moves of the Greek Cypriot side and G

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