In light of Turkey’s continued illegal drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean, the Council reaffirms its full solidarity with Cyprus, regarding the respect of its sovereignty and sovereign rights in accordance with international law. It recalls its conclusions of 15 July 2019 in all its parts, and notably that delimitation of exclusive economic zones and continental shelf should be addressed through dialogue and negotiation in good faith, in full respect of international law and in accordance with the principle of good neighbourly relations.
The Council recalls the 9 October 2019 Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union and urges Turkey again to cease its unilateral military action in North East Syria and to withdraw its forces.
As close friends and partners of Japan, we are very saddened by the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Hagibis. While major rescue operations are still underway, we express our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims, and our sympathy to those affected.
Our thoughts are with the first responders working to save lives.
The European Union stands in full solidarity with Japan and is ready to provide any assistance that can be required at this difficult time.