The Greek Government has made representations “at various diplomatic levels” as regards Turkey`s provocative actions in Cyprus, Antonis Samaras, the Prime Minister of Greece has said.
Just before winning a vote of confidence early on Saturday, Samaras told the Greek legislators that his Government follows “closely and continuously” recent developments in Cyprus, is in contact with the Cypriot Government and has made representations “at various diplomatic levels”.
Samaras said Turkey has been creating a “dangerous situation” in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“I have been spending many hours and days to deal with the economic crisis but national issues, and in particular the Cyprus problem, are my main concern and they are constantly in my mind” he noted.
Samaras reiterated that Greece always “stands by the side of Cyprus”.
Τhe Republic of Cyprus is divided by Turkish troops since 1974. Talks aiming at reaching a solution of the Cyprus problem resumed in February under the UN auspices.
Last week, Turkey issued a notice to mariners, advising that it was reserving areas south of Cyprus for seismic surveys from October 20 to December 30. Some of these areas are part of the Republic`s EEZ.
Following this development, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades decided to suspend, for the time being, his participation in the UN-led peace talks in response to Turkish provocations in the island`s EEZ.