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Avoid threats, EU urges

Reuters
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus, a member of the bloc, accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.

Cyprus is one of several states, also including Israel and Lebanon, racing to tap gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

Greek Cypriots run Cyprus's internationally recognised government, while Turkish Cypriots have a breakaway state in the north — recognised only by Ankara — and say resources around the island belong to them too.

Cyprus said on Sunday the Turkish military had obstructed a vessel contracted by Italian oil company Eni which was approaching an area to explore for natural gas.

After speaking to the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, the chairperson of EU leaders, Donald Tusk, said: "I call on Turkey to avoid threats or actions against any EU member and instead commit to good neighbourly relations, peaceful dispute settlement and respect for territorial sovereignty."








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