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Turkey’s NAVTEX will not be renewed: Nami

17 March 2015

Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami has said that the NAVTEX (notice to mariners) issued by Turkey regarding the activities of Turkish seismic vessel ‘Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa’ will not be renewed.

Nami then invited President Nicos Anastasiades to return to the negotiating table and resume the Cyprus talks, “without setting any conditions”.

In October last year, Anastasiades walked away from the talks after Turkey issued a NAVTEX warning that seismic vessel ‘Barbaros’ would be operating offshore South Cyprus, despite calls by South Cyprus to cancel the NAVTEX because it was violating its Exclusive Economic Zone. The marine notice was renewed in January and expires on 6th April 2015.

Currently the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide is here in Cyprus until 18th March, with the aim of getting the suspended negotiations back on track.

Eide said that this visit is “a chance to continue his dialogue with the leaders on the resumption of structured negotiations”, a UN statement said.

“As part of his outreach to other actors who have a crucial role to play in efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement, Mr Eide will also host an event for women civil society representatives and media from both communities,” the press statement added.

Eide meets with President Anastasiades this morning and with President Dervis Eroglu later on today.

Source Kibris Gazetesi

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