European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has described both the division of Cyprus as a result of Turkey’s 1974 invasion and Ankara’s threatening stand as unacceptable.
“The state of play in divided Cyprus is unacceptable, as is the threatening stand of Turkey,” Metsola said during a state television interview on Wednesday evening.
Metsola, who is visiting Cyprus on Friday, also said that stalled UN-brokered negotiations aiming to reunite Cyprus under a federal system should start.
On Turkey’s current threatening attitude, she clarified that the European Union is governed by specific principles and values which Turkey, as a candidate member, does not respect.
He even indicated that Turkey opposes EU decisions as regards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In Nicosia, Metsola is to also discuss the latest gas find in the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) during a packed schedule that includes meeting President Nicos Anastasiades, and addressing parliament.
She has already said that the latest gas discovery in block 6 of the island’s EEZ was a promising development at a time when the EU needs to replace Russia as an energy source.