NICOS – Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who had suspended unity talks after Turkey sent an energy research vessel and warship into the country’s waters, welcomed their departure.
But Anastasiades said even though the Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros left the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) that it would be a mistake for Ankara to send it back in with negotiations over reunifying the island divided since an unlawful invasion in 1974 still up in the air.
“The fact that the Barbaros has left is a positive step. What is left is for the Navtex not to be renewed and for Cyprus’s sovereign rights not to be disregarded,” he said, referring to the technical term used to issue a navigation order.
Barbaros, whose presence within Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) prompted Nicosia to suspend peace talks in October, left Famagusta port on March 30.