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Greek Foreign Ministry strongly condemns Turkey’s planned drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

January 20, 2020 at 9:54am

The Greek Foreign Ministry strongly condemns Turkey΄s planned drilling within the Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf, stressing that Turkey`s illegal actions neither have legal effect nor create fait accompli.

In a statement, the Greek Foreign Ministry says that Turkey’s newly planned illegal drilling within the continental shelf and the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, and inside areas which are licensed to European companies, is violating the international law.

This move “forms part of a series of Turkish violations of the international law in the region, which extend from invasion and occupation, airspace violations and violations of territorial waters, to violations of the sovereign rights and attempts of usurpation of the submarine resources of other regional states”, the statement says.

Τhe Greek Foreign Ministry expresses the view that these illegal actions serve Turkey’s expansionist aspirations, by attempting to create fait accompli within other states’ territories.

It notes that the violation of international legality neither has legal effect, nor creates faits accomplis. “In any event, it is strongly condemned”, the statement  concludes.

(Cyprus News Agency)

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