The European Union enters into the dispute between Ankara and Nicosia on the right to shelf deposits of natural gas. The heads of the Mediterranean community states demanded that Turkey stop drilling in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus.
The statement was made on Friday at the VI Summit of the southern EU countries in Valletta.
“I want to remind you of our solidarity with Cyprus, support and respect for its sovereignty. Turkey must stop its illegal activities in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus. The European Union will not show weakness in this matter,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.
The leaders of France, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the host countries of the summit took part in the talks. In addition to the Turkish Cypriot dispute, the parties discussed the issues of illegal migration.
“We have agreed that we will continue to work on the migration issue, which cannot be separated from the reforms and changes related to Schengen and the rules for free border crossing. and in a global context, “said the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean escalated after large gas deposits were discovered on the shelf in the Cyprus EEZ. Ankara declared the right of the Turkish Cypriots to natural resources in the region, sending a drilling ship Fatih there. According to President Erdogan, Turkey will continue to explore the fields until September 3 under the protection of its Armed Forces.