EU's Borrell Calls on Turkey to End Drilling in East Med "Immediately"

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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reads a statement as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)/

BRUSSELS -- Turkey's announcement that it will resume drilling with the vessel "Yavuz" in a maritime zone delineated by Cyprus and Egypt creates more tension and insecurity in the Eastern Mediterranean and must cease immediately, EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said in a written statement on Sunday.

His full statement, released by the EU's diplomatic service (EEAS), reads as follows:

"Today’s announcement by Turkey of renewed drilling activities by the Yavuz vessel in a maritime zone which has been delineated by Cyprus and Egypt regrettably fuels further tensions and insecurity in the Eastern Mediterranean. This action runs counter and undermines efforts to resume dialogue and negotiations, and to pursue immediate de-escalation, which is the only path towards stability and lasting solutions, as reiterated by EU Foreign Ministers last Friday. I call on the Turkish authorities to end these activities immediately and to engage fully and in good faith in a broad dialogue with the European Union."

(ANA-MPA/I. Zarkadoula)