Cyprus officials even went as far as saying that they would not consent to the opening of any new chapter in Turkey’s accession process to the EU and would examine the possibility of a recourse to the UN Security Council.
Anastasiades was expected to report Turkey to the European Council, which convenes on October 23-24, with a view to condemning the illegal actions of Turkey and the violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ, but he had just been discharged from the hospital following some health issues and had to remain in bed, so Greek Premier Antonis Samaras represented him instead.
On behalf of the Cypriot president, Samaras on Thursday presented a map to European Leaders that documented the situation that has developed in Cyprus' EEZ.
As such, the explosive events in southeastern Mediterranean and Turkey’s aggressive behavior were some of the main points of discussion at Thursday’s meeting in Brussels. Cyprus, in cooperation with Greece, raised the issue for discussion to seek support from their European partners in order to mitigate the Turkish behavior.
The only thorn seems to come from Great Britain, because they do not want to further aggravate Turkey because of its crucial role in the ongoing war against the Islamic State (or basically in Syria).
In Cyprus, government officials announced that they were determined to proceed with the drilling despite all the recent Turkish provocations in the region. More exactly, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday that so far, no problems have arisen in Cyprus’ energy program by the presence of the Turkish Barbaros ship in the area.
He said that the ENI/Kogas consortium, which is drilling in the area, has not yet made any concrete complaints about the Turkish ship’s presence, and he noted that the ship has not attempted -in any way so far- to prevent ENI/Kogas from carrying on with its work. In fact Lakkotrypis said that the company is sending the Cyprus government daily progress reports, while state services are closely monitoring the movements of the Turkish vessels and so far there have not been any problems. He also said that once drilling by the ENI/Kogas consortium is complete, the drill would be moved to the next site in one of the potential deposits of blocks 2, 3 and 9.
Nonetheless, no one can deny that the presence of the Turkish surveyor ship in the area is a terrible provocation and the statements that were made by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday concerning Cyprus and the rights to the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) only added more fuel to the fire and prompted strong reaction from the Athens government.
More exactly, President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias sent a message to his Cyprus counterpart expressing support in the face of Turkey's "illegal and provocative" actions, which he said violated Cyprus' sovereign rights.
"At this time when the Cyprus Republic's sovereign rights to its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are being violated in an illegal and provocative manner by Turkey, I wish to relay the unanimous support of the Hellenic Republic and the entire Greek people," Papoulias said, while stressing that the European Union must stand by Cyprus at this time.Obviously Davutoglu's statements were an additional provocation. The references made by the Turkish prime minister to scenarios of partitioning 'two states' are indicative of the true Turkish intentions.
"I express our hope and anticipation of a positive result from the actions that your government is undertaking to deal with the situation that has arisen, hoping at the same time that the European Union will actively display its solidarity," he said.
Turkey's actions are a gross violation of international law and an insult to the European Union. Isn't Cyprus a member of the UN, EU and the Eurozone? Yes it is. Shouldn't this be acknowledged? Isn't the UN, the EU, etc. obligated to support and protect Cyprus?
It is. Only Turkey refuses to realise and recognise this fact. This is probably why its Prime Minister came out on Wednesday saying that Turkey will continue with its seismic research in the Mediterranean south of Cyprus, in spite of the Cyprus government's objections and the threat that EU accession negotiations will be interrupted.
Can Russia send an survey vessel to Long Island and begin scanning the area for natural gas and oil? Wouldn't this be a violation of the US' sovereignty? Then why the hell isn't the West reacting to all these provocations, but tolerates every bully tactic in the book from Turkey?
(Silly us... the West tolerated the invasion of Cyprus.)
Davutoglu left it to be understood that its seismic survey vessel "Barbaros" was acting on the basis of agreements between Turkey and the illegal occupation regime in the northern part of the island, which of course is only recognised only by Turkey.
"We have a right to carry out seismic surveys in the region and we will always exercise our rights," Davutoglu said, while in a statement reported by the Turkish news agency Anadolu, he is quoted as saying that "Turkish Cypriots have as many rights as the Greek Cypriots to the continental shelf or Cyprus' EEZ".But wait, he also said that if the Cyprus government contested its right to carry out seismic research to the south of the island then "the scenario of two states" could just open for discussion.
Across the Atlantic, Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State said that the US recognizes the Republic of Cyprus’ right to develop its resources in its exclusive economic zone. She said that the US continues to strongly support the negotiation process conducted under UN good offices "to reunify the island into a bizonal and bicommunal federation. That’s obviously been our policy for a long time”.
Asked to comment on the statement by Cyprus` Government Spokesman that what is happening in Cyprus is another Turkish invasion against the island, Harf said “well, I haven’t seen those comments, but we continue to believe that the island’s oil and gas resources, like all of its resources, should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement. And it’s important, I think, to avoid actions that may increase tensions in the region”.