The European Commission called on Turkey to refrain from illegal actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, stressed the importance of Ankara’s cooperation to resolve the Cyprus issue and renewed its full solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus.
This was stated in the annual report of the Commission on Turkey’s progress in accession negotiations, which was approved by the Commission of Commissioners and sent to the Member States for follow-up.
In its report, the commission did not address the opening of new negotiating chapters or modernization of the customs union, and called on Turkey to fulfill its obligations to normalize relations with the Republic of Cyprus, the Cyprus News Agency (CNN) reported.
The Commission referred to the European Council statement issued in March 2018, “which strongly condemns Turkey’s continuing illegal actions in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea,” stressing Turkey’s commitment to respect international law and good neighborly relations and called on Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus to explore and exploit Its natural resources in accordance with European law and international law.
In March 2019, the EU called on Turkey to refrain from any illegal acts of this kind and said it would respond appropriately in full solidarity with Cyprus.
“Turkey has not yet fulfilled its obligation to fully and non-discriminatory implementation of the Additional Protocol to the EU-Ankara Association Agreement and has not removed all obstacles to the free movement of goods, including restrictions on direct transport with Cyprus, and there is no progress in normalizing bilateral relations with Republic of Cyprus “.
“There are frequent and increasing violations of the territorial waters and airspace of Greece and Cyprus by Turkey.
“In this context, the European Union once again expresses its deep concern and urges Turkey to avoid any kind of threat or action directed against a Member State or any source of friction or measures that would harm good-neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes,” the report said. “He said.