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Erdogan’s statement over Cyprus “deeply regrettable”, EP says
2013-12-02 13:02:55

Τhe Turkish Premier’s statement on Cyprus is “deeply regrettable”, the Presidency of the European Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) notes in a statement.

According to the announcement, the Turkish government is called to officially recognize the Republic of Cyprus, a move it says would constitute a fundamental precondition for a successful accession process and would be for the common interest.

The statement of Premier Erdogan is deeply regrettable and is in stark contrast with international law, as well as with Turkey-EU conventional obligations, as outlined in the Ankara Protocol, the announcement says.

Issued upon the suggestion of JPC Vice-Chairs Marilena Koppa and Giorgos Koumoutsakos, the announcement comes ahead of the 73d JPC meeting, in Ankara, on December 5-6, in response to Turkish PM’s public statements earlier in November, saying “there is no country called Cyprus”.

It is also noted that the non-recognition of an EU member state on the part of Turkey is the main obstacle for progress in Ankara’s accession negotiations with the EU.

Moreover, it is added that the statement was made during a crucial time for the relaunch of Cyprus talks under UN auspices.

The parties involved seem eager for a mutually acceptable solution and the EU is ready to provide political and financial support, in order to have a successful outcome in negotiations, the announcement says.

Furthermore, the Presidency of the EP delegation to JPC calls on all sides to contribute in a positive manner for a Cyprus solution, while adding its conviction that the next JPC meeting, in Ankara, will be conducted in a constructive atmosphere.

Source: Cyprus News Agency (CNA)

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