National Council discusses Turkish threats to Cyprus
The National Council has begun a meeting on developments in Turkey at 9am on Monday, at time when Ankara’s threats have increased in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Turkey’s seismological research ship ‘Barbaros’ disembarked over the weekend and entered into Cyprus’ EEZ north of the Karpasia peninsula. This is the second time the ‘Barbaros’ has entered into Cyprus’ EEZ, with the last being in 2014, which caused a freeze in Cyprus talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and then Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
On Monday, President Anastasiades will be informing members of the National Council on the latest rounds of negotiations, and the steps being taken by the Republic of Cyprus in relation to Turkey’s increasing threats over the last few weeks.
The National Council is also expected to discuss the results of the referendum in Turkey, which was passed and sees the country making constitutional referendums, which will increase the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan.
SigmaLive learnt that during the meeting, the members of the council will discuss and issue that arose with UN Secretary General Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, after complaint was made by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. Specifically, Kotzias has complained that Eide is aiding the Turkish Cypriot side on the issue of the EU four freedoms, Turkey is seeking access to, through a solution of the Cyprus problem. Government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides has also said that some of the UN envoy’s actions do not satisfy the Greek Cypriot side.
On Sunday evening, President Anastasiades said that he had accepted a number of compromises during negotiations, but that the compromises were not to the detriment of the Greek Cypriot side.