As declared many times in previous weeks Turkey said is ready to conduct another drilling operation northeast of Cyprus.
High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini issued a Statement asking Turkey to respect the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.
“Turkey’s declared intention to illegally conduct a new drilling operation northeast of Cyprus is of grave concern. This second planned drilling operation, two months after the start of the ongoing drilling operations west of Cyprus, is a further unacceptable escalation which violates the sovereignty of Cyprus,” stated Federica Mogherini.
Mogherini said the EU calls on the Turkish authorities, once again, to refrain from such actions, act in a spirit of good neighbourliness and respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with international law.
“Recalling the conclusions of the European Council on 20 June 2019, Turkey’s continued actions have a serious negative impact across the range of EU-Turkey relations. As mandated by the European Council, the Commission and the EEAS are about to present options to the Council for appropriate measures. The European Union will respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus,” added Mogherini.