The TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a written statement criticising the EU’s stance regarding Turkey’s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Reacting to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini’s statements regarding the presence of Turkish drilling vessels offshore Cyprus, it said that the EU, through its biased stance in favour of South Cyprus had begun to usurp the rights of Turkish Cypriots.
“While the EU needs to acknowledge and respect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, it is increasingly becoming the sponsor of the Greek Cypriots thus shaking the very foundations on which it is built”, the statement said.
The statement pointed out that the EU’s stance once again demonstrated that it cannot be impartial, nor just when it comes to the solution of the Cyprus Problem and the hydrocarbons issue.
“Once again, the EU has proven how justified Turkish Cypriots are in not trusting the bloc”, the statement added.
It said that the EU was displaying an unjust and unlawful stance by openly ignoring the sovereignty and sovereign rights of Turkish Cypriots.
The ministry questioned whether or not the rights of Turkish Cypriots on natural gas and wealth were being violated when Greek Cypriots spoke of their own sovereignty.
It said that the defining of the activities carried out by Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots as provocative while turning a blind eye to the Greek Cypriot side’s actions, was unacceptable.
“The activities conducted in the east and south of the island are not carried out in the name of the Republic of Turkey or within areas claimed by the Turkish state. Turkish Petroleum is conducting drilling activities through licenses granted on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people. Therefore, the interlocutor of the drilling taking place to the east and south of the island is the Turkish Cypriot people and TRNC government”, the statement added.
The EU’s stance does not serve peace and stability in the region but threatens it by inciting injustice, the Turkish Cypriot foreign ministry said.
“It is a relief and a pleasing development to know that such individuals who have not fully understood or embraced the very principles of which the EU is founded on will not be serving at these positions in the near future”, it added.
The foreign ministry said the statements and stance adopted by the EU in support of the Greek Cypriots despite the Turkish Cypriot side’s continued calls for cooperation, it’s realistic and applicable pragmatic proposals as well as its flexible and constructive approach, is poisoning the climate for compromise and cooperation.
“The EU’s latest judgemental statements and stance do not abide by international law. International law and the law of the Sea stipulates that parties in disagreement must find solutions through negotiations without delay. The adoption of a biased approach by the EU contradicts the principles of fairness and is unacceptable”, the statement concluded.