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Cyprus tells UN Turkish NAVTEX is illegal

The Barbaros

A note verbale sent by Cyprus to the UN on Turkey’s EEZ violations was circulated on Tuesday as an official UN document.

The note was sent on November 14 to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his capacity as the “depositary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982”.

It said the NAVTEX (navigational telex) issued by Turkey for exploration in the island’s EEZ from October 20 to December 30 was not broadcast through the National Navigational Telex Coordinator and thus was not in conformity with the navigational telex manual of the International Maritime Organisation issued in accordance with the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea of 1974.
Turkey is not entitled to issue a navigational telex in relation to an area that falls within the responsibility of the Republic regarding maritime safety and search and rescue operations, it added.

“The Republic of Cyprus has no doubts concerning its sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone and its continental shelf stemming from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary international law and recognised by the international community. Respect for legality is a fundamental principle of the Charter of the United Nations,” the note verbale said.
A note verbale is a diplomatic communication prepared in the third person and unsigned. It is less formal than a letter of protest but more formal than an aide-memorie

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