France has reiterated its strong support to Cyprus as regards its sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Ζone, the government said on Wednesday.
According to a written statement issued by government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, French President Francois Hollande has sent a letter of reply to President Nicos Anastasiades in which he reiterates his country’s firm and clear position on the issue.
“The Cyprus government welcomes the strong and clear positions of France with regard to the right of the Republic of Cyprus to exploit its natural resources as well as for the principles that must govern a solution to the Cyprus problem, positions that have been expressed in the most explicit and official manner by the President of the country Mr. Francois Hollande,” the statement says.
In his letter, Hollande emphasised that “the position of France with regard to the right of Cyprus to exploit freely the natural resources within its Exclusive Economic Zone is clear and firm,”adding that “international law, and specifically the Law of the Sea, must be respected by all states including Turkey.”
The government noted with satisfaction Hollande’s reference that “France will remind the importance of refraining from any action that is contrary to the Law by anyone.”
Hollande also said that “only a solution through negotiations will allow the sharing of the natural resources of Cyprus for the benefit of both communities. This is also the meaning of the messages we address to the Turkish authorities.”
The letter by the French President was sent in response to a letter by Anastasiades dated October 7, on the issue of the Turkish violations in Cyprus’ EEZ.
Anastasiades pulled out of reunification talks after Turkey dispatched a research vessel to carry out a seismic survey in Cyprus’ EEZ.