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Cyprus Sends EEZ Coordinates to UN Amid Tensions Over Turkish Drilling

Cypriot authorities sent the geographical coordinates of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to the United Nations on Monday, following Turkey’s provocative actions inside the island’s EEZ boundaries.
Nicosia also plans to publish the coordinates of its EEZ to the Cypriot Governmental Gazette, in an effort to further publicize its official rights and to demonstrate to the world Turkey’s illegal actions in the region.
Both the European Union and the United States have already called upon Ankara to refrain from actions which serve to intensify the ongoing tensions in the region.
The US State Department called Turkey on Sunday to cancel its plans to drill off Cyprus, accusing Ankara of risking raising tensions in the Mediterranean region.
Additionally, the European Union has reiterated its unconditional solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus.

The Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that the EU ”expresses grave concern over Turkey’s announced intention to carry out drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.” This was considered a direct warning to Ankara that the EU would “respond appropriately to any illegal actions that violate Cyprus’ rights.”

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