Cyprus’ government has blasted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for failing to condemn Turkey’s violation of the country’s waters.
US Vice President Joe Biden will meet Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in hopes of kick starting stalled unification talks on Cyprus,
With a Turkish research vessel and warship off its coast, the Cypriot government has nixed any idea of a permanent partition being sought by Ankara.
The US Ambassador to Cyprus, John Koenig, has urged Turkey to withdraw an energy research vessel and warship from Cyprus’ waters.
With a warship off Cyprus, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will meet Greek Premier Antonis Samaras in Athens next month.
The UN’s Cyprus Envoy, Espen Barth Eide, said the presence of a Turkish seismic vessel off the island’s coast, and a warship, was hindering broken-off unity talks.
Israel’s Foreign Minister says Cyprus’ right to explore for oil and gas off its shores must be respected by all countries, including Turkey.
Turkey’s National Security Council said the country will keep its presence of warships and a research vessel in Cypriot sovereign waters.
The European Union’s expression of “serious concern” that Turkish warships and a research vessel invaded Cypriot waters is good enough for Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, although the ships remain in violation of international law.
With Turkey stepping up its violations of Cypriot waters, sending in a research vessel to look for energy where Cyprus has already licensed drilling to international companies, European Union leaders meeting here are expected to pressure Anakara to back off.