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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
E-003360/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003360/2018

The position of the EU, expressed at various occasions, including most recently the Council conclusions of 26 June 2018(1), is that Turkey needs to commit itself unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the United Nations (UN) Charter, having recourse, if necessary, to the International Court of Justice.

The negotiations on a settlement for Cyprus, including as they relate to persons who have been displaced internally within their own country, are conducted by the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus under the auspices of the United Nations.

The European Union has no competence concerning persons who have been displaced internally within their own Member State. This matter falls within the competence of the individual Member States.

Nevertheless, anyone who considers that her or his rights or freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights have been violated may lodge a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, after all domestic remedies have been exhausted.

(1)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/35863/st10555-en18.pdf

Last updated: 14 September 2018Legal notice