Cypriot president sees parallel between Turkish and Russian ‘revisionism’

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Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis gave an interview to FRANCE 24 from the capital Nicosia. The northern third of the Republic of Cyprus has been under Turkish rule since 1974. Anastasiadis said Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine uses “exactly the same arguments that Turkey used to invade Cyprus”. Asked about tensions with Turkey over hydrocarbons, he expressed hope that Ankara “will not try to do anything that could cause a conflagration and jeopardize peace in the region”.

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis spoke to FRANCE 24 from the capital Nicosia, the last divided city in Europe. Cyprus has been divided in two since 1974, following the invasion of the northern part of the island by the Turkish army. After 48 years of negotiations, progress towards reunification seems to have stalled.

Anastasiadis said Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine uses “exactly the same arguments that Turkey used to invade Cyprus” in 1974. He drew a parallel with “similar actions by certain countries” which “seek, through revisionism, to cancel records of geographical or historical data”. “.

The Cypriot president pleaded for a “bizonal, bicommunal federation” in Cyprus, an option refused by Ankara, which affirms that Cyprus “remains under the guarantee regime of Turkey”.

Asked whether Turkey covets a share of the hydrocarbons found on the Cypriot seabed, Anastasiadis said he was ready to share the resources by appealing to the International Court of Justice in The Hague or through arbitration, based on the international law of the sea, to find the dividing line between the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the two countries. The Cypriot president said he hoped Turkey “will not try to do anything that could cause a conflagration and jeopardize peace in the region”.

Finally, while Cyprus was suspected of issuing golden visas to oligarchs on the list of 1,300 Russians sanctioned by Brussels, Anastasiadis claimed that only eight of them hold Cypriot nationality, and added that instructions had been given for it to be revoked, “in compliance with common law”. EU line”.

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