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Kyriacos Kousios: We Do Not Want The Militarization Of Cyprus In Any Way

Kyriacos Kousios: We Do Not Want The Militarization Of Cyprus In Any Way

Cyprus problem should be solved through negotiations, Cyprus` Government Spokesperson Kyriacos Kousios said on Tuesday, noting at the same time that the government does not want the militarization of Cyprus in any way.
 


In his statements after the meeting of the leaders of political parties held at the Presidential Palace under the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, Kousios said that the meeting was held in an excellent atmosphere. The President, he added, briefed the party leaders in detail about his meetings with the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, the European Council Summit and his discussions with the President of France Emanuel Macron.


 
Government Spokesperson said that the President also briefed the pollical leaders on the results of the European Council Summit regarding the approval of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery Fund. "As we know, Cyprus will be able to raise from the European funds an amount of about 2.7 billion, while at the same time it has the possibility of lending of about 1.5 billion", he added.


 
Furthermore, Kousios said the President briefed the leaders on his intervention before the order of business of the European Council and also on Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis intervention with reference to the Turkish expansionist policy, Turkey`s illegal intervention in the Cyprus’ EEZ, the threats against Greece and its sovereign rights, and more generally, Turkey`s delinquency in the Eastern Mediterranean and its intervention in third countries.
 


"The two leaders also referred to the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque," he added.


 
Referring to the President`s visit to Paris, Kousios said that the President briefed the political leadership on the results of his visit to Paris and the discussions held with the President of France Emanuel Macron.

 

He added that the President of the Republic replied to follow-up questions by the political leaders and an overall assessment of the current situation was made.  


 
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

Turkish drill ship “Yavuz” arrived last April in the exclusive economic zone (ΕΕΖ) of Cyprus, after Ankara announced another attempt to drill a well in blocks licensed to European companies. This is the 6th time Turkey attempts to drill within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus, this time in an area that covers part of exploration blocks 6 and 7, which have been licensed to ENI and TOTAL.

 

In a statement on May 15, EU Foreign Ministers deplored the fact that Turkey has not yet responded to EU calls to cease such activities and reiterated their call on Ankara to show restraint, refrain from such actions, and respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of Cyprus, in accordance with international law. EU Foreign Ministers also reaffirmed previous Council and European Council conclusions, notably those of June 2019 and October 2019 on Turkey’s continued illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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