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Parliamentary questions
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15 April 2015
Question for written answer E-005940-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Georgios Epitideios (NI)

 Subject:  Recognition of the pseudo-state's passports
 Answer in writing 

Nine years after the invasion of Turkey in Cyprus, the pseudo-state of the occupied territories — an entity which is not recognised and emerged as a result of an illegal war — was proclaimed. The pseudo-state of the occupied areas was established within the territory of a Member State and its existence undermines the very foundation of the Union.

The issuance of illegal passports by the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ also undermines the European Union, as well as the entity of the Republic of Cyprus.

Obviously, such documents do not differ from the cheap fake passports purchased by criminals on the black market. The problem lies in the fact that these documents are accepted by the French and British authorities; this means that two EU Member States annul the validity of genuine European Union passports, by accepting as legal the fake passports issued by occupied Cyprus.

Will the Commission say:
Is she aware of this fact?
What actions does she intend to take in order to stop the provocative behaviour of the two Member States that recognise the validity of a travel document issued by a ‘state’ that does not exist?
Original language of question: EL 
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