In his address to the European Council today, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades recalled that last June the European Council reiterated its commitment to a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bio-communal, bison federation with political equality and had called on Turkey to do the same, according to a written statement from Government Spokesman Marios Pelekanos.
President Anastasiades then referred to what emerged from the informal tripartite meeting in New York on September 27, during which it was agreed to appoint a UN Special Envoy for the Cyprus problem, in order to overcome any obstacles in order to to resume talks. The President of the Republic explained that after the meeting, the Turkish side – despite what was agreed with the Turkish Cypriot leader before the UN Secretary General – withdrew, refusing to appoint a Special Envoy, in order to consolidate the current blockade.
The President of the Republic went on to say that Turkey’s stance was accompanied by a series of new violations of international law – again in stark contrast to what the European Council had asked it to do – which not only hamper the prospect of a resumption of a fruitful dialogue – but also the escalation of tensions, contrary to what the EU had asked Ankara to do.
(a) On 3 October, two Turkish warships intercepted the research vessel “NAUTICAL GEO”, licensed by the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, which was attempting to conduct search within the exclusive territory of Cyprus, in a demarcated area between Cyprus and Egypt, just 20 nautical miles southwest of Cyprus. The work of this research vessel is related to the construction of the EastMed pipeline, an important project involved in EU Projects of Common Interest in the field of energy and funded by the EU.
(b) On 13 October, the occupying authorities began large-scale infrastructure work in the so-called “pilot area” in the closed area of Varosha. At this point, the President recalled that the unilateral and illegal declassification of the “pilot area” from military to residential had led to Turkey’s unanimous condemnation by the UN Security Council and the EU, which called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. its illegal actions Me
(c) On 15 October, the occupying regime continued to give Turkish military forces 145 square kilometers of land in Rizokarpaso, owned by ethnic Greek refugees, with the apparent intention of building some sort of large military installation. The move is in connection with the Turkish drone base in the occupied areas of Cyprus, as well as Turkish plans to build another naval base in the occupied areas.
After that, the President of the Republic asked how we could talk about a possible offer of a positive agenda for Turkey in this context and reminded that we are also waiting for the relevant options document on the actions that the EU can take in relation to illegal Turkey. actions in the closed city of Famagusta.
Further, President Anastasiades stressed that – in addition to the existing existing threats above – we are also facing hybrid threats from Turkey on the issue of migration, informing that in 2021 alone, more than 6800 asylum applications were registered and of these, 6250 came through occupied territories, with Cyprus having the highest per capita percentage of asylum seekers in the EU.
The President of the Republic also stressed that the increased flows are mainly due to the instrumentalization of migrants from Turkey and their systematic and deliberate promotion through the Green Line in free zones, contrary to its obligations under the EU-Turkey Declaration of 2016 , while at the same time regretting the fact that Turkey continues its policy of colonizing the occupied territories and changing the demographic composition of the island.
The EU partners expressed their full support and solidarity with Cyprus, both in terms of efforts to resume the negotiation process and the pressures on the country due to the growing migratory flows.
In this context, the Conclusions of the European Council adopted clear and unambiguous references in which, inter alia, for the first time, a reference is made to the obligation of Turkey to implement its obligations under the EU-Turkey Declaration 2016, including the Republic of Cyprus Me Furthermore, it is stated that the EU will not accept any attempt by a third country to use migrants for political purposes. At the same time, all hybrid attacks on the EU’s external borders are condemned and it is noted that the EU will react accordingly.