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13 November, 2019
 
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Tusk: The EU stands united behind Cyprus

The President of the European Council called on Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus

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Speaking at a press conference for the informal EU summit in Sibiu, Romania the President of the European Council reiterated EU's support for Cyprus.

Donald Tusk said : ''Today, President Anastasiades also informed the leaders about the Turkish drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus. The European Union stands united behind the Republic of Cyprus and expects Turkey to respect sovereign rights of the EU Member State. The European Council will continue to follow these developments closely.''

President Anastasiades has reportedly asked his EU counterparts to examine concrete measures against individuals and companies involved in exploratory drilling in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, a diplomatic source which wished to remain anonymous, told the press in Sibiu.

The summit in Sibiu brought together EU leaders on 9 May 2019. Discussions focused on strategic plans for the Union in the coming years. The EU leaders have agreed to meet on 28 May 2019 in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections and start the nomination process for the heads of the EU institutions.

'The aim', Donald Tusk said, 'is simple: We need effective institutions, and so we need swift decisions. My intention is for the European Council to nominate the new EU leadership in June. I call on everyone to live up to their responsibility to make this possible.'

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