US am­bas­sador calls for Bar­baros to leave EEZ

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The US am­bas­sador to Cyprus, .John Koenig, yes­ter­day backed calls from the United Na­tions me­di­a­tor on the is­land, Espen Barth Eide, for the Turk­ish re­search ves­sel Bar­baros to leave Cyprus’s Ex­clu­sive Eco­nomic Zone (EEZ). The ship has been in the Cypriot EEZ since last month but Koenig sug­gested in an in­ter­view with state broad­caster RIK that the Bar­baros is breach­ing the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea and should leave so that re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks on the is­land can re­sume. Koenig said that the US also sup­ports Eide’s pro­pos­als on dis­cus­sions be­tween Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots about hy­dro­car­bons. Nicosia, how­ever, wants to keep this is­sue out of the peace talks and has re­jected Eide’s pro­posal for the for­ma­tion of a joint com­mit­tee.

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