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Turkey’s relations with the EU should be based on clear principles posed by the European Council, 

Turkey’s relations with the EU should be based on the clear principles posed by the European Council, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA on Saturday, when asked what Nicosia expects from the EU – Turkey Varna meeting on Monday.

Referring to the conclusions of the European Council, Prodromou reminded that President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed his satisfaction because “we secured the very important aim which was the clear position of our partners and the expression of solidarity in facing the illegal Turkish actions and aggression”.

“Turkey’s aim to create an artificial crisis and a fait accompli in the sea against the Republic of Cyprus will not be tolerated. We have the clear expression of support by our partners”, the Spokesman said, adding that statements by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are based on these principles.

Explaining the principles which the EU-Turkey relations should be based, in view of the Varna meeting on Turkey to be held on Monday, Prodromou said that Turkey should respect international law and the law of the EU as well as principles of good neighbourhood with all member states. It should also cease all illegal actions, threats and aggression and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus and not try to prevent Cyprus from exploiting its energy resources, he noted.

In the conclusions they adopted during their spring Summit in Brussels, the EU28 called on Turkey to cease all illegal activity in the Republic of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone and normalize its relations with Nicosia.

Last month, a drill ship contracted by Italian energy company Eni to explore offshore Cyprus left the area, after Turkish warships blocked its path to its target in Block 3 of Cyprus’ EEZ.

Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004. Cyprus has been divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

Thousands more evacuated and 40 dead from ‘unwieldy beast’ California fires

Thousands more Californians evacuated their homes on Saturday as fierce wildfires spread due to constantly shifting winds, and officials expected the official death toll of 40 from the week of fires to rise with hundreds of people still missing.

Sixteen …

UN hosts dinner ahead of Cyprus talks on Wednesday 

A dinner hosted by the UN is underway in Crans Montana ahead of Wednesday’s resumption of the Cyprus conference.


It was to take place in the presence of Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman who will arrive however …

UK Foreign Office supports Cyprus’ EEZ sovereign rights

The UK recognises the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign rights to exploit mineral reserves in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), states a Foreign Office letter addressed to the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK Peter Droussiotis.

The …

Woman, 80, punches robber in mouth

The woman was walking her dog in Whitstable, Kent, when she was grabbed in an alleyway by a man dressed in black and wearing a hooded top. She fought off her attacker by punching him in the mouth. Kent Police …

Thalassaemia Award

A NEW prestigious award worth US $1m has been established for individuals who make a significant contribution to the field of thalassaemia – the Sheikh Sultan International Thalassaemia Award.

According to the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF), the son of the …

Akis Keanthous funeral

Schools closed early in a mark of respect Wednesday as former Education Minister Akis Kleanthous was laid to rest.
Kleanthous died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 47, Monday.
The senior Diko figure had been campaigning for …

Cyprus FM – EU Council – Middle East

FOREIGN MINISTER – EU COUNCIL – MIDDLE EAST   Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has urged the EU to engage in a dialogue with Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain to assist their smooth transition to democracy through a process which will remain…

Christofias – Cyprus issue

PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS – CYPRUS ISSUE   The Greek Cypriot side will not stop trying to reach a solution to the Cyprus issue at the negotiating table, abiding by UN resolutions, the principles of international and European law and the High Level…

Cyprus – Commerce

COMMERCE MINISTER – TECHNOLOGY   Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Antonis Paschalides has said that “realizing the importance of developing new products and services, has introduced various schemes for the technological upgrading of existing industrial plants and machinery, the promotion…