Anastasiades: Turkey’s actions constitute a second invasion

Turkey is trying to escalate the tensions


President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, referred to the Turkish violations of Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone as a second invasion.

In his statements, in response to a question on how the situation can be overturned following the Turkish provocations in the Cypriot EEZ, the President of the Republic of Cyprus said that “as you can observe, the Cypriot government is alert through a planned policy designed in light of the risks that we predicted could follow after Turkey’s threats. This is clearly a violation of international law, or, as I could call it, a second invasion, given the violation of the Republic of Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone… What we are doing out of duty, and I believe it will bear fruit, are planned and steady moves towards every direction”.

A journalist observed that in the President’s letter to the UN Secretary-General he described as a devastating blow this situation created in the Cypriot EEZ, and asked whether someone could assume that there could not be any talks in the event that the “Conqueror” is 40 nautical miles from Cyprus. To these remarks, President Anastasiades said that “surely insurmountable problems arise as a result of Turkey’s behaviour and, as you can understand, it is impossible to speak about peace-keeping when under threat. And in particular, not just threats, but an active violation, for the umpteenth time, of international law”.

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