All decisions and plans put forward by the Republic of Cyprus take into account the Republic’s sovereign rights and are fully in line with international law, Government Spokesman Konstantinos Letymbiotis told CNA concerning the Maritime Spatial Plan.

Asked to comment on the reaction of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, Letymbiotis said that they note any reactions there might be, but do not endorse them “nor are they deemed to have any merit for the Republic of Cyprus.”

The Council of Ministers approved last Wednesday the National Maritime Spatial Plan.

Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Marina Hadjimanolis, said earlier in the week that the National Maritime Spatial Plan determines the spatial and temporal distribution of relevant current and future activities and uses in the Republic’s maritime waters.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey, which aspires to join the EU does not recognize Cyprus, an EU member since 2004 and has failed so far to fulfill EU obligations.

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