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EUCO President Tusk calls on Turkey to terminate activities in Greece’s Aegean and Cyprus EEZ

European Council President, Donald Tusk, expressed solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and called on Turkey to terminate activities in the Aegean Sea and the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus.

In a statement, Tusk said among others:

This evening President Anastasiades and Prime Minister Tsipras informed us about the latest developments regarding Turkey’s illegal violations in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Aegean. On behalf of all the EU leaders, I would like to express our solidarity with Cyprus and Greece, and urgently call on Turkey to terminate these activities. I reiterate our support for the sovereign right of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources, in accordance with EU and international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

These actions contradict Turkey’s commitment to good neighbourly relations and their normalisation with all Member States. We are ready to cooperate with Turkey and will assess at our March European Council whether the conditions are there to hold the Leaders’ Meeting with Turkey in Varna on 26 March.

The Varna meeting regards the Eu Turkey agreement of Migration and other regional issues.

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