10 May, 2007
Cyprus government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said on Wednesday that Cyprus has made representations to the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) over recent violations of Nicosia FIR by Turkish warplanes, in the framework of a military exercise.
As regards the Turkish intention to launch tenders for research regarding possible hydrocarbon deposits in the sea area around Cyprus, Pashiardis noted that "Turkey has no reservations on committing illegal actions".
"We are not worried by the announcement of this intention as an effort for intimidation. What worries us is the difficulty faced by Turkey to withdraw from its addiction to illegality and to comply with international legality".
Asked to comment Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat's appeal to the residents of the occupied town of Morphou to make the area
attractive for investments, Pashiardis said ''we will not follow Mr. Talat to his successive provocations and we will not get into a public dialogue about every issue he refers to".
Pashiardis added that "the Turkish side can outline its positions on every aspect of the Cyprus problem within the framework of the ongoing dialogue based on the 8th July agreement so that these positions can be written down by the United Nations."
"If Mr. Talat wants for his own reasons, to have an open dialogue on every issue our side will not respond. We only respond to efforts to promote the implementation of the 8th July agreement."
Source: Athens News Agency