Vitsas says ‘irrational’ for Turkey to cause fait accompli in Cyprus’ EEZ

Any attempt on the part of Turkey to pose obstacles and cause a fait accompli in Cyprus’ maritime area would be irrational, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas, reportedly told the Cyprus News Agency in an interview on Sunday.

Asked about the possible emergence of the Turkish drillship “Deepsea Metro II” in the area, the minister said Ankara would not “risk a defeat”, noting that Cyprus is protected by international law and from “any Turkish opportunism” where “Turkey would be the only loser”.

Vitsas said the cooperation between Athens and Nicosia is multi-level and takes into account all the possibilities.

The minister is visiting Cyprus and will attend on Tuesday a ceremony for the handover of remains belonging to Greek nationals who died in August 1964 while on board the patrol boat “Phaethon”.