BRUSSELS has fired a warning at Turkey after Cyprus accused Ankara’s military of obstructing a ship around the disputed island.
Turkey was said to have interfered with a vessel contracted by Italian oil company Eni, which was approaching an area to explore for natural gas.
Greek Cypriots run Cyprus’s internationally recognised government, while Turkish Cypriots have a breakaway state in the north – recognised only by Ankara. The rebel state say resources around the island belong to them too.
After speaking to the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said: “I call on Turkey to avoid threats or actions against any EU member and instead commit to good neighbourly relations, peaceful dispute settlement and respect for territorial sovereignty.”
The EU Commission echoed Mr Tusks’ warning, saying: “Turkey needs to commit unequivocally to neighbourly relations and avoid any kind of source of friction, threat or action directed against a member state.
“The EU also stresses the need to respect the sovereignty of member states over their territorial sea and airspace.”