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Greece, Cyprus and Egypt Condemn Turkey's Violation of Cyprus EEZ

ImageHandlerLeaders of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus met in Cyprus at the scheduled tripartite summit, which aimed at strengthening the ties of the three countries, in the sectors of economy and security. After the meeting the three leaders held a press conference.
Before the press conference, El-Sisi met with Samaras and Anastasiades in two separate meetings where they discussed efforts to combat terrorism as well as strengthening economic ties between Cairo and the two southern European countries.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades spoke on the sidelines of a tripartite summit to strengthen relations between the three countries. The Greek premier said Greece and Cyprus — both EU members — will push for the EU to support Egypt morally and financially in its efforts.
The acceleration of the negotiations between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt on the delimitation of the EEZ was decided between the leaders of the three countries during the current tripartite summit in Cairo.
In their joint statement the three leaders mentioned the Cyprus issue and the need for a fair solution on the basis of international law and UN resolutions and called on Turkey to stop challenges in the EEZ of Cyprus.
Specifically, the press release states: “The three countries emphasize the universal applicability of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and we decide to go as soon as possible on negotiations on the delimitation of maritime areas where this has not yet been done.”
The press release also includes reference to the need to respect sovereignty and calls on Turkey to stop all ongoing seismographic surveys within the maritime area of Cyprus and avoid similar activities in the future. It also makes reference to a fairly comprehensive and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem in accordance with international law.
Regarding the Turkey-Cyprus conflict, the Cypriot president said the issue had been discussed and that the three leaders agreed that division is unacceptable, as Cyprus is one country with one identity.
Cyprus’ president said that both sides, especially Turkey, must show goodwill and focus their efforts on mediation in order for the ongoing negotiations between Turkey and Cyprus to be successful and denounced the “provoking” actions of Turkey’s invasion in the Cyprus EEZ.

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