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NAVTEX reflection from TRNC to Greek part

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted with a written statement to the NAVTEX announcement dated 14 December 2021, in which the TRNC announced that the Greek Cypriot side would operate in the Eastern Mediterranean between 17 December 2021 and 1 January 2022 with the Italian-flagged ship Odin Finder.

In the statement, it was argued that the Greek Cypriot side did not refrain from usurping the equal and vested rights of the Turkish Cypriot people, using the words “The area where the activity is planned coincides with the license area licensed to the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”.

The statement also said, “These unilateral activities, which continue despite all our warnings, do not serve any purpose other than escalating the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The international community, especially the European Union, must now see that it is the Greek side that is inconveniencing the creation of an environment of peace and tranquility in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Emphasizing that the TRNC will take corresponding steps together with Turkey to protect the legal rights and interests that are being tried to be usurped, the statement said, “We will continue our attempts before the relevant authorities to record our views and take our demands into account with the aim of protecting the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people. On this occasion, it is useful to remind that our proposal for hydrocarbon resources dated 13 July 2019, which we made with the intention of ensuring stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, is still on the table.

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