Turkey continues actions in Cyprus' EEZ with new NAVTEX
Turkey will be conducting new military exercises with the use of weapons off the coast of Kyrenia, SigmaLive learnt on Friday from a new navigational telex (NAVTEX) issued on Thursday evening.
According the NAVTEX, Turkey plans to conduct exercises in the waters of the occupied areas of Cyprus, a day before the Turkish vessel ‘Barbaros’ is set to start its seismological research for natural gas off Famagusta Bay.
The ‘Barbaros’, according to SigmaLive’s information, disembarked from Turkey on Friday morning for Famagusta Bay.
SigmaLive learnt that authorities are monitoring the ships movements.
Turkey’s research in Cyprus’ sovereign waters, using the ‘Barbaros’ vessel, was the cause of a freeze in Cyprus talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and then Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in 2014.
NICOSIA WON’T PLAY TURKEY’S GAME
Government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides has said that Nicosia does not intend to play Turkey’s game in communicative questioning of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.
Christodoulides has also called on all to be careful, adding that Turkey is attempting to create “grey zones” in the Eastern Mediterranean, and to harm sectors of the Cypriot economy.
He noted that the government will follow the issue closely and dependent on the developments will react accordingly.
Cyprus’ energy plans, he reiterated, will continue as planned.