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Anastasiades welcomes Barbaros departure, urges Turkey to respect Cyprus’s sovereign rights

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday welcomed the departure of Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros from the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), adding however that it was important that Ankara did not issue a new maritime order, or Navtex.

“The fact that the Barbaros has left is a positive step. What is left is for the Navtex not to be renewed and for Cyprus’s sovereign rights not to be disregarded,” he said.

Barbaros, whose presence within Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) prompted Nicosia to suspend peace talks in October, left Famagusta port on Monday.