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PV 13/11/2014 - 8.7
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0211/2014

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus (2014/2921(RSP))

Cristian Dan Preda, Arnaud Danjean, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Elmar Brok, Renate Sommer on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus (2014/2921(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the 2013 progress report on Turkey(1),

–       having regard to the General Affairs Council conclusions of 17 December 2013,

–       having regard to the statement of 7 October 2014 by the spokesperson for the President of the European Council,

–       having regard to the Turkey Progress Report 2014, of 8 October 2014,

–       having regard to the European Council conclusions of 24 October 2014,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas on 3 October 2014 Turkey issued a NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) directive, by which it unlawfully ‘designated’ a large area within the southern part of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus as being reserved for seismic surveys to be conducted by the Turkish vessel Barbaros from 20 October to 30 December 2014; whereas these seismic surveys affect blocks that have been allocated by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to the Italian company Eni and to the Korea Gas Corporation for the exploration of possible hydrocarbon reserves in the seabed soil;

B.     whereas, despite repeated calls by the EU, including in the Commission’s Turkey Progress Report 2014, Turkey continues to contest the existence of the Republic of Cyprus and the legitimate right of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit natural resources within its EEZ, challenging the activity of a European company; whereas Turkey’s claims and actions have no legal foundation and are in direct conflict with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);

C.     whereas the EU has frequently reiterated that Turkey needs to commit itself unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;

D.     whereas Turkey’s actions in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus coincide with the recent appointment of the new Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General, Espen Barth Eide, and are negatively affecting the negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem;

1.      Urges Turkey to show restraint and act in accordance with international law; recalls the legality of the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus; calls on Turkey to respect and fully implement the declaration issued by the European Community and its Member States on 21 September 2005;

2.      Reiterates its call on the Turkish Government to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which is part of the acquis communautaire, without further delay;

3.      Calls on Turkey to respect the sovereignty of EU Member States over their territorial seas; reaffirms that the sovereign rights of the Member States include the right to enter into bilateral agreements and the right to explore and exploit their natural resources in accordance with the UNCLOS;

4.      Reiterates the importance it attaches to the normalisation of relations between Turkey and all EU Member States, and is of the view that the continuation and/or repetition of these actions could have a negative impact on Turkey’s relations with the EU, including its accession process;

5.      Underlines the importance of stopping provocative actions within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus and of refraining from making threats against the Republic of Cyprus; notes that these actions and threats undermine the continuation of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem; calls for stability in this very sensitive region, in view of the challenges that lie ahead;

6.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Turkey.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2014)0235.

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