Cyprus lead­ers meet in bid to re­vive peace talks

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The lead­ers of Cyprus’s es­tranged Greek and Turk­ish Cypriot com­mu­ni­ties met yes­ter­day against the back­drop of Ankara’s plans to start seis­mic re­search to­day in the bay of Fa­m­a­gusta, fu­el­ing con­cern it could ex­pand its activities within the is­land’s exclusive eco­nomic zone (EEZ).

The meet­ing be­tween Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci, their first since Sun­day’s referendum in Turkey, took place in a bid to re­launch stalled United Na­tions­backed peace talks to re­unify the is­land after their col­lapse in Fe­bru­ary.

The talks, how­ever, were over­shad­owed by what Greek Cypriot see as sus­pect Turk­ish move­ments in the area.

The Cyprus For­eign Min­istry said yes­ter­day that it re­serves the right to take all ac­tions nec­es­sary in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional law if Turkey con­ducts re­search within its EEZ and its con­ti­nen­tal shelf off the coast of Fa­m­a­gusta.

“This will con­sti­tute a vi­o­la­tion of the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Cyprus Repub­lic,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

Mean­while, a pair of armed Turk­ish F16 fighter jets en­tered the Athens Flight In­for­ma­tion Re­gion (FIR) yes­ter­day be­tween the north­east­ern Aegean is­land of Lesvos and Lim­nos. Greek mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties said the pair en­gaged twice in mock dog fights with a cor­re­spond­ing pair of Greek jets.

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