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Media Watch 2007

02 February 2007
Source: Cyprus Weekly
Author: Angelos Marcopoulos
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 2 February 2007
European leaders denounce Turkey's war threats against Cyprus
"Turkey' threats of war to prevent oil exploration by Cyprus at sea were strongly denounced yesterday by leading European officials…

"TURKEY'S threats of war to prevent oil exploration by Cyprus at sea were strongly denounced yesterday by leading European officials gathered here.

"War threats are incompatible with the principles of the Council of Europe. We are against war threats,'' Terry Davis, the CoE Secretary-General told The Cyprus Weekly.

Ankara's threat to prevent Cyprus's agreement with Lebanon and Egypt for joint oil exploration and economic development in the eastern Mediterranean also violate CoE principles for peaceful cooperation, Davis added.

This view was echoed by the spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry, who said there would be a more detailed French reaction to the Turkish threats later.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy promised to issue a statement later after listening carefully to me explain the situation to him in detail.

The spokesman of the current German chairmanship of the EU also expressed astonishment and concern.

"I have never seen anything like this. Turkey, as a candidate that wants to join the EU has to fulfil certain conditions,'' the spokesman said.

The EU's German spokesman pointed out that a German naval force is currently based in Cyprus under a UN mandate to secure Lebanon's coasts.

"Consequently, I cannot tell what might happen if there was any external interference," he said."