Cyprus ready for talks with Turkey but not under threats: Cyprus President 

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades waits to welcome European Council President Charles Michel at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. (File photo: Reuters)

Cyprus is ready to engage in dialogue with Turkey to resolve differences but not under threats, the Mediterranean island’s President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.

“Yesterday unfortunately a Turkish NAVTEX to expand illegal drilling by the Yavuz vessel was extended when at the same time a series of initiatives are ongoing that seek an end to Ankara’s unlawful actions and de-escalation,” he said, after a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Anastasiades said Turkey was continuing its provocations in the eastern Mediterranean.

On Tuesday Turkey extended the operations of its Yavuz energy drill ship in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until Oct. 12, in a move that could stir tension between the island’s Greek Cypriot government and Ankara.

Read more:

EU chief warns Turkey against ‘intimidating’ its neighbors

Erdogan warns France’s Macron not to ‘mess with Turkey’ over eastern Mediterranean

SHOW MORE
Last Update: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 KSA 17:38 - GMT 14:38
Top