Anastasiades Wants Turkish Ban on Cypriot Ships Lifted

FILE - Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades speaks to the media at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Turkey – which has sent energy vessels and warships into the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coast – should end its ban prohibiting Cypriot ships.

Speaking at the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber in Limassol, he said Cyprus would step up efforts to remove the unlawful ban imposed by Turkey – which doesn’t recognize his legitimate government, a member of the European Union that Turkey wants to join.

He said the blocking of Cypriot ships – Cypriot planes are banned in Turkey too – was a clear violation of international law.

“Our efforts to remove these anachronistic and illegal restrictions will be further intensified as they are a clear violation of international law,” Anastasiades said.

“Cyprus is one of the most modern and quality international shipping centres, having the eleventh largest fleet in the world and the third in Europe, strategically located, with excellent infrastructure, maritime specialization, but above all the determination to do all organizational, structural and tax reforms needed for a promising future,” he said, the Cyprus Mail reported.

He had offered to share potentially lucrative oil and gas revenues with Turkish-Cypriots unlawfully occupying the northern third of the island since a 1974 invasion, an area recognized in the world only by Turkey, leaving it isolated.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said that wasn’t enough and wanted to take part in the licensing of foreign companies, and now instead sending in Turkish vessels to also look for energy, ramping up tension.

“In any case, what I am aware of is that the European Union is monitoring Turkey and if measures are required, they will be taken,” he said.

2 Comments

  1. Letter to the Editor… the” Glory to America” Greek Secret society of Ahepa Masons and their Aristocratic sponsors…who refuses to print this letter …to represent the interests of the hated EU enemies ..the people of Cyprus!

    Turkey is simply joining the East and West coast states of America who by law have banned any off shore oil exploration and product oil rigs and super oil tankers serving them due to the catastrophic damage to their coastal communities and industries!

    While TNH continues to highlight the invasion by Nato countries U.S, France, Turkey and British warships with their Oil Barons of Cypriot territorial waters representing the most pristine waters and coastline of the entire European Union of 28 countries, and internationally acclaimed “Jewel of the Mediterranean” and brokered by Anastasiades to replace these waters with massive deep sea oil producing rigs and platforms to be transported by an Armada of super tankers littering these pristine waters of Cyprus, I have not read one word from TNH…about the consequences of this rush for” Black Gold” to the Greek Cypriot communities of an Island country whose livings are dependent on Tourism, fishing, boating. recreation, marine life, cultural beach and coastline, restaurant and hotel industries, fresh and untainted sea food .which is a hallmark of all Greek Islands in the Mediterranean that will be damaged by residual oil slicks, spills and out of control oil accidents!

  2. continued… Anastasiadis vision.is of massive oil buildings sticking out of the pristine waters of Cyprus with armada’s of super tankers with flotilla’s of foreign warships protecting him and his oil barons, while spilling black gold which threaten the shores of Cyprus, and occupying more territory of Cyprus with more naval ports!

    Can TNH provide the readers of the distinguished National Herald News , if the Greek Cypriot communities have the same vision as Anastasiades or the same vision of the coastal communities of the United States of America!

    Just think…not only is Turkey doing the people fo Cyprus a favor to stop the corrupt Anastasiades from continuing to turn Cyprus into a Gas station owned by 7 shieks ..like Kuwait, but will complete the occupation of Cyprus by the remaining members of the veterans of perpetual wars against just about every oil producing country of the Middle East….France, Italy and U.S with Britain and Turkey!

    Tsipras, Mistotakis, Anastasiades, are not Greek…..they are dictators manning the aircraft carriers called USN Greece and Cyprus., representing the United States and Nato …who consider the people and the communities of Cyprus ..merely as described by U.S war criminals….”Collateral Damage” in occupying now the waters of Cyprus!

    Just think ..if the people of Cyprus ban the oil rigs..they will be able to ban Nato Turkey, U.S. France , Italy from threatening their countries economic lifeline…and sovereignty!

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