Ankara has denounced a decision by EU Parliament lawmakers for sanctions towards Turkey over Cyprus after President Erdogan’s current go to to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state and the reopening of an deserted city.
“We utterly reject the nonbinding decision… on our nation and the TRNC,” Overseas Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy mentioned in an announcement on Friday, referring to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
European Parliament MPs urged EU leaders on Thursday to “take motion and impose powerful sanctions” towards Turkey, calling Ankara’s fuel exploration within the jap Mediterranean “unlawful.”
Turkey rejects the cost. Ankara backs dialogue, however Turkey will proceed to guard each its personal rights and people of the Turkish Cypriots, Aksoy mentioned, slamming the European Parliament decision.
This determination… as soon as once more demonstrates how disconnected from actuality and prejudiced the EP is on the Cyprus subject.
The TRNC presidency additionally mentioned the decision “ignored the existence of the Turkish Cypriots,” whereas additionally “unjustly accusing Turkey.”
On November 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, together with Varosha, a seaside city that has been deserted in no-man’s land since Cyprus cut up in 1974. Northern Cyprus lately reopened a part of the fenced-off city, permitting public entry.
Erdogan mentioned that “a two-state answer have to be negotiated on the idea of sovereign equality,” of each Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
The European MPs’ decision got here after Paris, which is at odds with Ankara on a number of points, together with what Turkey calls “persecution of Muslims” in France, additionally known as for sanctions on Ankara at an EU summit subsequent month. No detailed sanctions have but been drawn up, however French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned at a French parliamentary listening to this week that “Turkey is aware of what it must do.” The minister warned: “Confrontation or collaboration, it’s as much as them.”
Ankara is at loggerheads with Greece and Cyprus over hydrocarbon exploration in disputed east Mediterranean waters, and France helps the 2 EU member states’ claims.
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