If negotiations on the unification of Cyprus continue aimlessly, Turkey will consider annexing the Turkish part of the island. That is what Turkey’s Minister for European Affairs, Egemen Bağış, said on Sunday. EU Member State Cyprus has comprised a Greek and a Turkish part since 1974. The Greek Cypriot leader, Dimitris Christofias, and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Derviş Eroğlu, have made scant progress in their negotiations over the last few years. Many Turkish Cypriots are against joining Turkey. Tens of thousands of Turkish troops are already stationed in the Turkish part. Emotions are running high because of plans to drill for gas off Cyprus.
1. Is the Commission familiar with the report(1) ‘Turkey considers annexing Turkish Cyprus’?
2. What is the Commission’s view of the statements by Turkey’s Minister for European Affairs and co-negotiator, Egemen Bağış, in which he says that Turkey is prepared to annex the north of Cyprus?
3. Does the Commission agree with the PVV that, among other things, after the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus, the illegal gas and oil drilling(2) and now the annexation threat, prove once again that Turkey has absolutely no place in the EU? If not, why not?
4. What steps will the Commission take to prevent the annexation of Northern Cyprus by Turkey?
5. When will the Commission have had enough of Turkey’s threats and put an end to the accession negotiations?