News Local EU28 warn Turkey with 'targeted measures' in official conclusion text adopted in...

EU28 warn Turkey with ‘targeted measures’ in official conclusion text adopted in Brussels

The 28 EU governments warn Turkey with “targeted measures” over its illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to the final conclusions adopted by the European Council in Brussels on Thursday evening.

More specifically, “the European Council recalls and reaffirms previous Council and European Council conclusions, including the European Council conclusions of 22 March 2018 strongly condemning Turkey`s continued illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea”.

The European Council “expresses serious concerns over Turkey`s current illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and deplores that Turkey has not yet responded to the EU’s repeated calls to cease such activities”.

The European Council “underlines the serious immediate negative impact that such illegal actions have across the range of EU-Turkey relations” and “calls on Turkey to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus and refrain from any such actions.”

Finally the European Council “endorses the invitation to the Commission and the EEAS to submit options for appropriate measures without delay, including targeted measures” and warns that “the EU will continue to closely monitor developments and stands ready to respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus.”

“The European Council will remain seized of the matter and will revert accordingly” the EU 28 conclude.

EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker said the measures will not “be soft.”

At a press Conference following the first day of the EU28 meeting in Brussels, Junker stated that the EU stands in full solidarity with Cyprus.

“What Turkey is doing in the territorial waters of Cyprus is totally unacceptable,” he said noting that “the Commission is charged to propose measures to be taken when it comes to this conflict and we will do so – and these are not going to be soft measures.”

And European Council president Donald Tusk said: “Last but not least: President Anastasiades updated us on the situation off the coast of Cyprus. The European Council stands ready to respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus,” he reiterated.

“The Commission and the EEAS have been instructed to present options of measures,” he concluded.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

Republic delivers first dose of Pfizer vaccines to T/C community

The Cyprus Republic on Monday morning sent the first dose of 1000 Pfizer vaccines to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot community through the divided island’s...

Epidemiological indicators still below covid-19 safety levels

The epidemiological indicators in Cyprus are still below safety levels but the number of falling coronavirus test results recorded in recent days is encouraging, according...

Police issue 130 fines over breach of covid-19 restrictive measures

Police fined 127 individuals and 3 premises all across Cyprus over the past 24 hours for violations of COVID-19 measures. They had carried out a...

Cyprus President gets second dose of vaccine against covid-19

As vaccination against the coronavirus continues in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday got the second dose of his vaccine. The President who said the...

Negative impact of lockdown on mental health of children, adolescents

The impact on mental health of children and adolescents from the coronavirus and protracted lockdown is very negative since these age groups are not...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...