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17 May 2018
E-000606/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000606/2018

The High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP) understands Turkey's concerns about the situation at its borders. However, the HR/VP is deeply worried about the new front opened in north-west Syria, for its humanitarian consequences as well as the political consequences for the United Nations-led negotiations in Geneva(1).

Since the beginning of the Turkish operation in Northern Syria, the European Union has on several occasions expressed its concerns to the Turkish counterparts, most recently on 26 March 2018 during a meeting between President Juncker, President Tusk and Turkish President Erdogan.

Turkey is a major buyer of military equipment that is manufactured in the European Union. Member States are bound by Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP of 8 December 2008(2) defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment. Each Member State assesses the export licence applications on a case-by-case basis against the criteria set out in the Common Position.

The Common Position provides that the decision to transfer military equipment shall remain at the discretion of each Member State. The European Union supports greater convergence in arms export policies by means of information sharing through a dedicated Working Party in the Council.

Peace in Syria will require everyone's contribution and Turkey, as one of the guarantors of the Astana Process, has a responsibility and an essential role to play.

(1)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/38571/remarks-high-representativevice-president-federica-mogherini-press-conference-following_en
(2)https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/eu_common_position_on_arms_export_controls.pdf

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