03 February, 2007
The Republic of Cyprus is an independent and sovereign state, a member of the UN and the European Union, alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros stressed on Friday. He was responding to press questions regarding Turkey's latest "hawkish" reaction to agreements signed between Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt for oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean around the island republic.
"The Greek government has stated its position on the issue," Antonaros said, adding that Athens' positions are clear and leave no room for doubt regarding the national sovereignty of the Cyprus Republic.
Responding to a question on Cyprus' continental shelf, something also disputed by Turkey, Antonaros said there were international rules defining such issues.
Regarding the continental shelf of the Greek isle of Kastellorizo -- just off the southwest part of Asia Minor and across the Turkish resort town of Kas -- Antonaros said Athens defends its sovereign rights effectively and meaningfully. Ankara has also reportedly disputed the small island's continental shelf.
Source: Athens News Agency