Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou on Sunday called on the Turkish side to respond to President Nicos Anastasiades’ goodwill and determination for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.
Speaking a day before the tripartite meeting between the UN Secretary-General with the leaders in Cyprus, namely President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci, the Commissioner said that the next steps on the Cyprus process will be decided during this meeting, adding that we expect that the efforts will yield results that will lead to the resumption of the talks, under the UN aegis.
Photiou also pointed out that the Turkish side should abandon its extremist positions and to terminate its actions in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and in the fenced-off town of Varosha.
Kudret Ozersay, the foreign minister of the TRNC, arranged in late August a press visit for Turkish Cypriot and Turkish journalists and media in the fenced-off part of Famagusta for the first time in 45 years and has said that he will gradually open the city. Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has also recently made statements to that effect.
Moreover, Turkey announced its intention to start drilling off Cyprus and send on 4 May 2019 the Turkish drillship “Fatih”, which remains anchored 36 nautical miles west of Akamas peninsula, in an area that falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus. A second Turkish drillship, “Yavuz”, arrived off the island’s north-eastern coast on 8 July 2019.