Turkey Criticizes Greek Cyprus-Israel Maritime Accord

Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gaby Levy.

ANKARA (AP)–Turkey on Tuesday criticized the recent signing of a maritime border accord between Greek Cyprus and Israel, saying it is “null and void” because it disregards the rights and jurisdiction of Turkish Cypriots.

The agreement was aimed at facilitating the search for mineral deposits in the east Mediterranean, where huge natural gas reserves have been discovered.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Turkey has no claims on the areas subject to the agreement, but the “Turkish Cypriots have also rights and jurisdiction over the maritime areas of the island of Cyprus.”

It says the Greek Cypriot government should not unilaterally sign international agreements without a solution to the division of the island.

The statement says countries in the region should not support moves “that would have a negative impact on the comprehensive settlement negotiations.” Cyprus has been divided since 1974.

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  1. Hratch Babikian said:

    I think that Anca needs to report more on the Cyprus issiue , and bring it to the forfront of US policy makers, since it is a very recent happening and it involves the continuation of the Turkish violent and spoiled behavior towrds its neigbors and the rest of the christian world. it is directly attached to the Armenian issiues plus the rest of the minorities in turkey that they mistreat.they want to turn the cclock back to ottoman times.

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