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Parliamentary questions
14 June 2018
P-000892/18E-000149/18E-001344/18
Joint answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: P-000892/18 , E-000149/18 , E-001344/18

The European Council, in its conclusions of 22 March 2018(1), strongly condemned Turkey's continued illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea and underlined its full solidarity with Cyprus and Greece.

Recalling its conclusions of October 2014 and the Declaration of 21 September 2005, the European Council urgently called on Turkey to cease these actions and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources in accordance with EU and International Law. In this context, the European Council recalled Turkey's obligation to respect International Law and good neighbourly relations, and normalise relations with all EU Member States including the Republic of Cyprus.

Moreover, at the Leaders' meeting in Varna on 26 March 2018, Presidents Juncker(2) and Tusk(3) underlined the importance of good neighbourly relations with EU Member States as an important commitment within the accession process and expressed ongoing concern about recent Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. President Tusk also stressed that the European Union stands united behind the Republic of Cyprus regarding its right to explore and exploit its natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

The European Union has repeatedly stressed(4) the need for Turkey to respect the sovereignty of Member States over their territorial sea and airspace. In its latest annual report on Turkey(5) adopted on 17 April 2018, the Commission once again has urged Turkey to avoid any kind of threat or action directed against a Member State, or source of friction or actions that damages good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The European Council will remain seized of these matters(6) and the Commission will continue to monitor the situation closely.

(1)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/22/european-council-conclusions-on-the-western-balkans-and-actions-by-turkey-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-and-the-aegean-sea-22-march-2018/pdf
(2)http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-18-2607_en.htm
(3)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/26/remarks-by-president-donald-tusk-after-the-eu-turkey-leaders-meeting/?utm_source=dsms-auto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Remarks+by+President+Donald+Tusk+following+the+EU-Turkey+leaders'+meeting+in+Varna
(4)http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-15356-2015-INIT/en/pdf
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20180417-turkey-report.pdf
(6)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/22/european-council-conclusions-on-the-western-balkans-and-actions-by-turkey-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-and-the-aegean-sea-22-march-2018/pdf

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