UN peace talks impossible whilst Turkey violates sovereign rights

Tensions have flared up in the eastern Mediterranean

NICOSIA has told the United Nations that the violation of its sovereign rights in its offshore exclusive economic zone by Turkey does not allow the resumption of peace negotiations for the reunification of the island, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Thursday.

He added that President Nicos Anastasiades also told the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, during a telephone conversation overnight on Wednesday that Turkey’s action does not help create the appropriate climate for negotiations.

“But he conveyed once again to Lute the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side to participate in a new round of talks, with a view to reach a viable and functional settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the UN resolutions,” Prodromou added.