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World Cyprus: EU 'appeasement' of Turkey in exploration row will go nowhere

16:03  17 august  2020
16:03  17 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus on Monday criticised European Union partners over what it said was diffidence amounting to “a policy of appeasement ” in dealing with Turkey , locked in a stand-off with Cyprus and Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Cyprus government has bemoaned what it called the EU ’s “ appeasement ” of Turkey , which has so far failed to rein in the country. It also says an apparent U.S. “disengagement” from the eastern Mediterranean has emboldened the Turkish government to exert further control over the region.

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus on Monday criticised European Union partners over what it said was diffidence amounting to "a policy of appeasement" in dealing with Turkey, locked in a stand-off with Cyprus and Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

a large ship in a body of water: FILE PHOTO: The Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is seen being escorted by a Turkish Navy frigate in the eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus © Reuters/Murad Sezer FILE PHOTO: The Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is seen being escorted by a Turkish Navy frigate in the eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus

The Cypriot comments came after Greece failed to secure a strong commitment from fellow EU nations for sanctions against Turkey for carrying out offshore natural gas surveys in areas where both countries claim jurisdiction.

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Turkey 's energy minister has threatened to launch a gas and oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean if Cyprus doesn’t abandon off-shore Kocijancic also urged both countries to show restraint and work towards resolving the long-standing row . "The EU calls on all parties to make all

Turkey drew another rebuke from the European Union on Sunday when it said its Yavuz energy drill ship would extend operations in disputed A standoff has intensified in recent weeks between Turkey and EU -member Greece over oil and gas exploration rights at sea, and even involved a minor

Two Turkish survey ships are in two areas of the disputed maritime region - one that Greece says is on its continental shelf, and the other claimed by the island state of Cyprus. In both cases, Turkey says it has jurisdiction.

"Unfortunately we are observing a diffidence from the European Union in taking on a substantive role and adopting policies of deterrence," Cypriot government spokesman Kyriakos Koushios said in remarks to reporters.

He said Nicosia welcomed expressions of support from EU partners but this was not enough. "The policy of appeasement and the messages of support are not enough to discourage Turkey from its illegal actions."

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Turkey drew another rebuke from the European Union on Sunday when it said its Yavuz energy drill ship would extend operations in disputed A standoff has intensified in recent weeks between Turkey and EU -member Greece over oil and gas exploration rights at sea, and even involved a minor

EU leaders will deal with ongoing issues, such as Syrian refugees in Turkey , the One hypothesis is that Russia may go for a long-term game-changing move and lure Turkey away from the In devising its policy regarding Turkey , the European Union will have to consider the considerable uncertainty of

The EU, he said, needed to have a "more intense" presence in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey drew another EU rebuke on Sunday when it said its Yavuz energy drill ship would extend operations in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until mid-September.

Cyprus's internationally-recognised Greek Cypriot government has long been at loggerheads with Turkey. The island was split after a 1974 Turkish invasion spurred by a brief coup engineered by the military then ruling Greece. A breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus is recognised only by Ankara.

Turkey questions Cyprus's right to explore in the seas around the island because it maintains that the Nicosia administration does not represent the interests of Turkish Cypriots - an argument dismissed by Cyprus, which is legally recognised as representing the entire island.

In Turkey's dispute with Greece, the two countries are at odds over the delimitation of their continental shelves.

(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

NATO allies are facing off in the Mediterranean. The conflict could engulf the entire region .
Tension is simmering in the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean as Greece and Turkey, NATO allies but historic rivals, inch toward a possible military confrontation that could end up engulfing the region. © Turkish National Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Turkey's Oruc Reis seismic vessel, escorted by Turkish navy, in the Eastern Mediterranean on Aug. 20, 2020. Naval vessels from both countries made a show of force in the contested region of the Eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday as a race for gas and oil reserves adds a new point of friction to old disputes.

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