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EU Mediterranean States Back Cyprus in Dispute with Turkey over Offshore Gas Reserves

Saturday 15 June 2019

MALTA (euronews) — At a summit in Malta, the EU’s Mediterranean states have backed up fellow member state Cyprus in its dispute with Turkey over lucrative offshore gas reserves. The discovery of the reserves has worsened long-running tensions between Turkey and Cyprus.

Earlier this week Cyprus said it had issued arrest warrants for the crew of a Turkish drilling ship which it said had infringed on its territory. Ankara said reports of the arrest warrants “crossed the line” and insists it has the legal right to conduct energy research in waters off Cyprus.

On Friday, French president Emmanuel Macron said the EU “will not show weakness on this matter […] I want to reiterate my solidarity with Cyprus and my support and respect for its sovereignty. Turkey must stop its illegal activities in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone.”

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