Published: 19:11, September 16, 2020 | Updated: 17:08, June 5, 2023
Cyprus says ready for dialogue with Turkey but not under threats
By Reuters

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades (right) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows following their joint press conference at the presidential palace in Nicosia on September 16, 2020. The European official is on an working visit to the east Mediterranean island. (YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU / POOL / AFP)

ATHENS - Cyprus is ready to engage in dialogue with Turkey to resolve differences but not under threats, the Mediterranean island’s President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.

“Yesterday unfortunately a Turkish NAVTEX to expand illegal drilling by the Yavuz vessel was extended when at the same time a series of initiatives are ongoing that seek an end to Ankara’s unlawful actions and de-escalation,” he said, after a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia.

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Anastasiades said Turkey was continuing its provocations in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cypriot President Nicos  Anastasiades said Turkey was continuing its provocations

On Tuesday, Turkey extended the operations of its Yavuz energy drill ship in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until Oct 12, in a move that could stir tension between the island’s Greek Cypriot government and Ankara.

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