Statements by the Minister of Defense, Mr Christoforos Fokaides, at a CyBC radio program
The Government of Cyprus will proceed to intensifying its reaction, having examined all possibilities, following the realization of the provocative actions by Turkey within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, the Minister of Defense, Mr Christoforos Fokaides, stressed today, in statements to a CyBC radio program.
The Minister of Defense expressed discontent with the realization of Turkey’s threats this morning. He denounced the illegal entrance of the Barbaros vessel in the illegally bound area within Cyprus’ EEZ, “an act flagrantly provocative and illegal that violates international law, the Law of the Sea, European law, and, certainly, undermines security and stability in the wider region”.
Mr Fokaides added that the latest developments force the Republic of Cyprus to escalate its reaction, in order to defend its sovereign rights. He underlined that Turkey’s act was one of the scenarios under examination, and the National Council will discuss and decide the next measures to be taken by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. -20.10.2014