Cyprus Mail

Merkel, Tusk back Cyprus over Turkish action in EEZ (updated)

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, reiterated her opposition to the illegal activities of Turkey within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus during a private meeting she had with President Nicos Anastasiades in Brussels, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Tuesday.

According to Prodromou, Anastasiades briefed the German Chancellor on the continuing illegal activities of Turkey within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, as he did earlier in the day with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

He also discussed with both of them further steps and coordination about the discussion on this issue during the next European Council’s meeting in June. Both Merkel and Tusk expressed their solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus, Prodromou said.

Anastasiades was in Brussels to attend the EU28 informal dinner that was to focus on the issue of nominations for the successors of the major posts of EU institutions for the next five years.

Prodromou said Anastasiades coordinated with Tusk on the discussion of Turkey’s provocations in the European Council June session.

Tusk reiterated that the EU is in full solidarity with Cyprus, Prodromou said.

Both Anastasiades and Tusk attended the European People’s Party (EPP) pre-session before the informal dinner.