European Parliament calls on Turkey to ‘end illegal drilling activities’ in Eastern Mediterranean

Duvar English

Members of the European Parliament on Sept. 17 adopted a resolution expressing “full solidarity” with Greece and Cyprus against Turkey’s actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

MEPs called on Ankara to “immediately end any further illegal exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, by refraining from violating Greek airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial waters and by distancing itself from nationalistic warmongering rhetoric.”

The resolution also urges sanctions against Turkey over its energy research in the region, unless the country shows “sincere cooperation and concrete progress” in easing tensions with Greece and Cyprus.

The European Parliament said that the EU should “stand ready to develop a list of further restrictive measures in the absence of any significant progress in engaging with Turkey.”

The resolution comes ahead of a Special European Council meeting on Sept. 24-25 on Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed the resolution, saying that it was a “biased decision.” “The European Parliament is falling from grace by its void and one-sided comments,” the ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, later in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with European Council President Charles Michel on the phone.

Erdoğan told Michel that “Turkey expects EU organizations and member states to adopt an objective and consistent stance on all regional issues, especially on the Eastern Mediterranean, without being deceived by provocations,” said a statement issued by Turkey’s Directorate of Communications.

Erdoğan reiterated that “Turkey is open to a solution that protects the rights of all parties with a friendly dialogue and negotiations based on justice,” the statement said.

Turkey, an EU candidate country and NATO member, has alarmed the bloc by stepping up its gas exploration off Cyprus and claiming rights to waters also claimed by Greece and Cyprus.

The dispute has brought to a head a host of other tensions, from Turkey’s involvement in Syria and Libya to what the EU says is growing authoritarianism under Erdoğan.

Turkey does not recognise Cyprus, an EU and euro zone member, which was split after a Turkish invasion triggered by a Greek-inspired coup in 1974. A Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus is recognised only by Ankara.

For the moment, Germany wants more time for talks with Turkey while France, Cyprus and Greece are demanding a punitive response to Turkish gas exploration in what the EU says are its territorial waters.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
This entry was posted in Duvar English and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s