France criticizes Turkey’s "unfriendly move" in Cypriot waters

Cyprus – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson

Paris, 5 October 2019

The arrival of a new Turkish drilling ship in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is a breach of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and of international law. This is an unfriendly move which could increase tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs has discussed this situation with his Cypriot counterpart. He let his counterpart know that France fully stands alongside Cyprus.

The Foreign Affairs Council of 14 October will study these developments and any consequences, continuing on from its conclusions of 15 July 2019.

Published on 08/10/2019

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