The Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an official demarche to the United Kingdom regarding its stance on the Cypriot EEZ and the declarations of the British Minister of Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, who said that the Cyprus EEZ is an area that is “under dispute”. On the same subject, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, addressed a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May.
International actors in the energy sector in London, point out that with this attitude, Britain gives an alibi to Turkey’s illegal actions in the Cypriot EEZ, by not condemning it directly. They also note that it is Ankara that has not accepted Cyprus’ invitation to define the economic zones.
These sources also point out that Turkey cannot rely on the Convention on the Law of the Sea, in which it has decided not to be a member, while they stress that Turkey is the only country that every year votes against the United Nations Resolution on the Law of the Sea.
Turkey is isolated in international affairs precisely because it does not follow international law. On the contrary, consistent diplomatic efforts and Greece’s and Cyprus’ upgraded international prestige are paying off, Foreign Minister said Yorgos Katrougalos.