Ignored Cyprus Complains to UN Again About Turkish Energy Hunt

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NICOSIA – Having gotten nowhere with previous complaints, Cyprus again wants the United Nations to do something about Turkey sending energy research ships into the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) but there was no immediate response this time either.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who had failed to broker reunification of the island divided since 1974 unlawful Turkish invasion, the legitimate government said Turkey is repeatedly violating its sovereignty.

Turkey does not recognize the UN Law of the Seas, nor parts of Cyprus’ EEZ, and there was no indication what the government wants done other than to complain again as it has often in the past but been ignored.

In a Dec. 12 letter, published Dec. 31 and circulated as a UN Security Council document, Cyprus’ permanent UN representative, Kornilios Korniliou, described the activities of Turkish research vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa as illegal, Kathimerini reported.

In December 2018, Ankara issued three navigational telexes NAVTEX, reserving an area in the the Eastern Mediterranean for naval exercises and seismic surveys by the ship Barbaros, advising other vessels to steer clear.

The area stretches from the eastern edge of Greece’s continental shelf near the Dodecanese island of Kastellorizo to blocks 4 and 5 in Cyprus EEZ, near where foreign energy companies are being allowed to drill for oil and gas over Turkish objections.

“The aforementioned research constitutes a violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey under international law and in particular of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the provisions of which have long been crystallized in the international customary law,” Korniliou said.

“Turkey has no legal rights to conduct exploration activities in relation to the island’s natural resources without the explicit consent of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. Therefore, all the seismic data collected by Turkey during this illegal and unauthorized research belongs to the Republic of Cyprus,” he added.

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  1. so….the Greek Cypriot Nato government …is running to the U.N….another occupied body of America and Nato….to complain and get them to intervene… against the Turks!

    Am I mistaken …aren’t these the same guys …who passed resolution for the removal of all foreign troops from Cyprus …and did nothing …since , Turkey and Britain are still occupying part of Cyprus!

    Am I mistaken …is this the Greek Cypriot government …the same guys who surrendered the oil revenue rights of Cyprus …to the unrecognized Republic of Cyprus ….based on the demands of the United states …which basically, legitimized Northern Cyprus declaration of state hood…not recognized by anybody , but the corrupt Nato puppet government of Cyprus!

    Let me help …the government of Cyprus and Greece…. if you wish to stop these actions..you must demand the removal of all Nato bases from Cyprus and Gree

    ce…until Turkey stops their provocations and occupation of Northern Cyprus!

    After that …it is is simple ..since, ..the Nato puppet leaders of Cyprus ..will have to surrender their government to the leadership …and I know …the biggest puppet of Nato …Tsipras and Greece….and get approved a referendum like that by the ethnic Russia population of the Ukraine …to have Crimea join …the big boys from Russia ….to protect their rights in the Neo Nazi installed government of the Ukraine, and join Greece!

    In one swoop … the worst nightmare scenario for Nato and Turkey…is a unification of Greece and Cyprus …who will now …make Greece a real player in the Mediteranean …and displace …the interests in Turkey by Nato and all the countries of the world ..to fall all over themselves to embrace Greece …and ultimately, in removing the Turks from Northern Cyprus!

    How about it … Greek American Secret society of Masons.!

    How about it … Greek Cypriot leaders of Cyprus …yiou should be allowed to be governors of Cyprus …as you are now governors of Nato !

    You really have no other options for the people of Greek Cypriot blood …..not those British and U.S migrants military citizens of Cyprus !….

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