Menendez responds to Turkey’s violations of Cyprus’ EEZ with call on Biden administration, EU to stand by Nicosia

By George Gilson

Even as Turkey is blocking seismic research by the research vessel Nautical Geo in the Exclusive Economic Zone, US Senator Robert Menendez has called for solidarity with Cyprus.

Menendez, the chairman of the powerful Committee on Foreign Relations has been one of Turkey's staunchest critics on a variety of crucial issues, from Ankara's violation of the sovereign rights of Greece and the Republic of Cyprus, to the purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems and on the trampling over human and civil rights in Turkey.

In a tweet today, Menendez called upon the Biden administration and Cyprus' EU partners to firmly support Nicosia:

"Turkey is once again undermining stability in the Eastern Med, this time by violating the Republic of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone. The US must stand with Cyprus, and the EU should also fully support the vital interests of one of its member states," he stated.

Senators' bi-partisan letter to Biden on Varosha, Cyprus solution

In July Menendez was one of 14 senators who in mid-July in a bi-partisan letter to President Joe Biden condemned Ankara'a move, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, to re-open part of the fenced off city of Varosha in the Turkish-occupied territories, as well as the insistence of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side on a two-state solution of the Cyprus problem.

"You have rightly centered U.S. foreign policy on principles of human rights and the rule of law. Any attempt by President Erdogan and Turkey to resettle or reopen Varosha would represent a gross violation of those principles," the senators wrote. "The U.S. and the EU should make clear to President Erdogan that continuing to violate UNSC Resolutions and the rule of law is...

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