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British MPs express concern over Turkish proposals in Early Day Motion
2006-03-14 11:48:55

Nicosia, Mar 14 (CNA) – British MPs have submitted before the House of Commons an Early Day Motion on Cyprus, saying that the purpose of recent Turkish proposals on Cyprus is to evade Turkey's legal obligations towards the EU in respect of the extension of the additional Protocol of its Customs Union Agreement to the 10 new EU members including Cyprus.

The Motion also calls upon Turkey to commit itself to a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in Cyprus in accordance with UN resolutions, the founding principles of the EU and its obligations to the EU as an applicant member.

In an Early Day Motion tabled last week, before the House of Commons, MP's Edward O' Hara, Alan Meale, Rudi Vis and David Lepper say that the House “takes note of the set of proposals on Cyprus submitted by the Turkish government to the Secretary General of the United Nations on 20 January 2006, shares the stated wish of the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs for priority to be given to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in Cyprus and his gratification at the continued engagement of the Secretary - General with the matter”.

The Motion “notes with concern however the proposals for a quadripartite meeting between Turkey, Greece, the Greek-Cypriot side and the Turkish Cypriot side, the outcome of which would subsequently be endorsed by the Security Council of the UN”.

The MPs note that “this as an attempt to elevate the secessionist Turkish Cypriot administration to the same status as the legitimate Government of the Republic of Cyprus as an attempt to involve the UN in what is properly a matter of Turkey's responsibilities to the EU as an applicant member”.

The MPs further note in the motion “with concern the proposal to render legitimacy to the secessionist entity by granting it governmental functions in contravention of international legality and successive UN resolutions”.

The Motion says the House “regretfully concludes that the purpose of these proposals is to evade Turkey's legal obligations towards the EU in respect of the extension of the additional Protocol of its Customs Union Agreement to the 10 new EU members including Cyprus and calls upon Turkey to commit itself to a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in Cyprus in accordance with UN resolutions, the founding principles of the EU and its obligations to the EU as an applicant member”.

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