EU Gives Cyprus Lip Support Over Turkish Drilling Plans

European Council President Donald Tusk, center right, and Romanian President Klaus Werner Ioannis, center left, wave during a group photo of EU leaders at an EU summit in Sibiu, Romania, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Front row left to right, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, French President Emmanuel Macron and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Unable to do anything but put out press releases, European Union leaders meeting in Romania said they support Cyprus’ right to license companies to look for oil and gas off the island, saying that Turkey – which occupies the northern third – does not.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker said he backed the legitimate Cypriot government as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is forging ahead with plans to have ships drill in parts of the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) his country won’t recognize.

Asked by a journalist at the informal European Council of the heads of state of the 28 countries what is position on Turkey’s activities in the region, he responded: “I am a Cypriot,” said the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were expected to brief EU leaders over the issue that is raising tensions again, with Greek, Turkey and the United Kingdom, the former Colonial ruler which still has a military base there, guarantors of security.

Speaking at an event to mark Europe Day in Nicosia earlier on Thursday, Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said there would soon be more developments but wouldn’t eleaborate what he meant.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, left, is welcomed by Romanian President Klaus Werner Ioannis as he arrives for an EU summit in Sibiu, Romania, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Anastasiades raised the issue during a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) ahead of the summit, informing leaders about “Turkey’s blatant and unprecedented violations” of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

Prodromou said Anastasiades’ EPP counterparts “condemn the Turkish intervention (and) call on Turkey to abandon these illegal activities,” but can’t do anything about it as the EU, while occasionally going after Turkey, needs to keep a balance over a refugee and migrant swap deal to keep the country from flooding Greece with more.

Tsipras said he would bring up the matter, which was “a European issue and not just a Cypriot one,” adding that “international law cannot be violated,” but Turkey said it is acting in accordance with those laws – which it doesn’t recognize.

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  1. Where is the Greek Secret Society of Mason for the Glory of America and Israel sponsored by TNH!

    Where is the corrupt Ahepan” Pay for Play” Robert Menendez ,. nothing more than Israeli Agent who on behalf of his client promotes the Eastern Mediterranean Partnership which turns over control of Cypriot oil and gas to the United States and Israel.and stipulates that Turkey and, Cyprus must buy only U.S military hardware! Additionally, they must provide intelligence information on the activities of Russia and China !

    While, TNH, Robert Menendez and Endy Zemenides CLAIM THAT THEY SUPPORT GREECE, they and Israel are literally sleeping with Greece’s enemies and supporting each other…

    the US-Israel-Turkey “Triple alliance”

    Since 1995, an agreement led to the creation of (Israeli-Turkish) ALLIANCE to handle so-called regional threats.Turkey and Israel agreed “to cooperate in gathering intelligence on Syria, Iran, Iraq and any perceived enemies and meet regularly to share assessments pertaining to these countries’ military capabilities and policies!

    The SSA agreement AN instrument of US foreign policy which set the stage for a firm and close Israel-Turkey relationship in military and intelligence cooperation, joint military exercises, weapons production AND TRAINING!

    Menendez and Israel have colluded with Turkey to spy on Cyprus and Greece, or any enemies of Turkey!

    Both Israel and Turkey.illegally claim oil rights in Cyprus,…

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