Saturday, October 24, 2009

Turkish Provocation in Cyprus

Several sources report that the Turkish Occupational Forces in Cyprus have unilaterally moved a series of marker buoys several hundred meters into Greek Cypriot waters. This move comes during a crucial period of intense negotiations on the Cyprus issue. The problem for the Greek side is that there is no official demarcation which can be referred to in the event the Cypriot Government makes a complaint to the UN Security Council.

By changing the angle of the buoys by several degrees the demarcation line is moved by several hundred metres and can potentially impact areas 11 and 12 of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This move must also be seen in the context of the recent Cypriot effort to delineate its EEZ with other countries in the area and its intention to conduct oil exploration in its EEZ. Other than that most European governments, including the Greek one, believe that Turkey should become a full member of the European Union.

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