Gas: Turkey denounces EU resolution on Cyprus Eez

14 November, 11:53

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 14 - Turkish government will not accept the European Parliament decision on a resolution on a dispute between Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey's EU chief said on Thursday as World Bulletin website reports.

    The European Parliament voted yesterday on a resolution on current tensions between Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus over oil and gas exploration in the island's waters. The resolution, which says Turkish vessel exploration in the island is "illegal" and "provocative," demands that Turkish vessels operating in waters in and around what the Cyprus Republic and the EU deem to be an "exclusive economic zone" (Eez) be withdrawn immediately. "It has no validity for us," said Turkey's Minister of EU affairs and chief negotiator Volkan Bozkir, in reference to the resolution, during a meeting with Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade in Ankara. "Although Turkey is respectful towards the European Parliament's decision, this resolution is likely to end up like many other resolutions," said Bozkir, implying that it will have little or no consequences.

    "Turkish vessels should be retrieved from Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone," the resolution says. (ANSAmed).

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