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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 the Republic of Cyprus (2014/2921(RSP))

Knut Fleckenstein, Richard Howitt, Demetris Papadakis, Costas Mavrides, Miltiadis Kyrkos, Nikos Androulakis on behalf of the S&D Group

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

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its previous resolutions on Turkey, in particular that of 12 March 2014 on the 2013 progress report on Turkey(1),

–       having regard to the European Council conclusions of 23-24 October 2014,

–       having regard to the statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of 23 October 2014 expressing concern over the stalled negotiations and the recent escalation of tensions between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey,

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

A.     whereas the EU is deeply committed to the reunification of Cyprus in the framework of a federal bi-communal and bi-zonal state under UN parameters, and in line with the values and principles upon which the EU is founded;

B.     whereas on 3 October 2014 Turkey issued a Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) directive unlawfully ‘designating’ a large area within the southern part of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus for seismic surveys to be conducted by the Turkish scientific ship Barbaros from 20 October to 30 December 2014;

C.     whereas the Turkish General Staff announced that, as part of Operation Mediterranean Shield, the Turkish Naval Forces warship ksu had carried out the duty of ‘protecting and supporting’ the seismic exploration vessel Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa, which is carrying out operations under a licence granted by the Turkish-Cypriot authorities in the occupied area of Cyprus to the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO); whereas, according to the statement by the Turkish General Staff, the warship Zipkin continues to observe the SAIPEM-10000 drilling platform, which is operating in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, from a distance of nine kilometres;

D.     whereas this area is directly opposite the major port of the Republic of Cyprus in Limassol and smaller fishing and recreational ports between Larnaca and Limassol, with no proximity to Turkey itself, and is not within the areas Turkey claims to be inside its own EEZ;

E.     whereas Turkey’s actions are taking place at a critical stage in the negotiating process, following the recent appointment of the new special adviser to the UN Secretary‑General, Espen Barth Eide, and a few days before the start of the new phase of substantive negotiations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots;

F.     whereas on 7 October 2014, following the deployment of Turkish warships in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, President Anastasiades suspended his participation in the UN-led negotiations in protest against moves by Turkey to undermine his country’s right to exploit oil and gas reserves;

G.     whereas blocks within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus have already been awarded to international and European companies for the exploration and exploitation of possible hydrocarbon reserves in the seabed subsoil;

H.     whereas the EU has ratified the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which is now an integral part of its acquis communautaire;

1.      Deplores the escalation of threats and unilateral action by Turkey against the Republic of Cyprus in relation to the EEZ; underlines the fact that Ankara’s attitude directly threatens the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus;

2.      Stresses that this action constitutes a violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and of international law, including the UNCLOS;

3.      Reaffirms the sovereign right of the Member States to enter into bilateral agreements and to explore and exploit their natural resources in accordance with the UNCLOS;

4.      Reiterates its call on Turkey to normalise its relations with all EU Member States, and recalls the Declaration of the European Community and its Member States of 21 September 2005, including the statement that the recognition of all Member States is a necessary component of the accession process;

5.      Calls on all parties to act responsibly and constructively to resolve the crisis and, in this connection, urges Turkey to withdraw its warships from the seas of Cyprus immediately with a view to defusing tension and clearing the way for the resumption of negotiations;

6.      Believes that the exploration of natural resources by the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ is not in contradiction with, and does not undermine, the negotiations for the reunification of the island; points out, in this connection, that the eventual exploitation of oil and gas should be aimed at benefiting all Cypriots;

7.      Calls on all sides to demonstrate genuine political will with a view to finding a comprehensive, sustainable settlement to the longstanding division of the island which will truly benefit all Cypriots; considers it regrettable, in this connection, that the proposed Greek-Cypriot package of confidence-building measures was rejected by the Turkish-Cypriot side; considers that the proposed confidence-building measures could have advanced the integration of the Turkish-Cypriot community, and that further efforts should be made to advance the integration of the Turkish-Cypriot community;

8.      Reminds Turkey that as a candidate country for EU accession it should act in line with EU values, avoiding actions hostile to any Member State;

9.      Stresses that Parliament will continue to monitor the issue and asks the Commission to follow closely Turkey’s activities in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, and to report back to Parliament as appropriate;

10.    Expresses its continued commitment to, and support for, the reunification talks under UN auspices for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, as reaffirmed by the leaders of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities in their joint declaration of 11 February 2014;

11.    Calls on both communities in Cyprus, and on Greece and Turkey, to make further efforts to support the speedy resumption of these talks, and to refrain from any action or measures which may be regarded as provocative; calls on the Commission to explore, as a matter of urgency, ways to support the resumption of the talks;

12.    Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the European External Action Service, the Council and the Commission, the President and the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus, the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community and the President, Government and Parliament of Turkey.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2014)0235.

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