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Parliamentary questions
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30 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000500-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Georgios Epitideios (NI)

 Subject:  EU Member State threatened by European-made battle tanks
 Answer in writing 

The delivery of Leopard 2A4 battle tanks made in and shipped from Germany to the Turkish-Cypriot pseudo-state constitutes a qualitative upgrade for the occupying forces in Cyprus. Cyprus, a Member State of the European Union, is being threatened by Turkey and the pseudo-state with European-made battle tanks.

Meanwhile, the intentions of Ankara and the pseudo-state not to demonstrate a willingness to resolve the Cyprus issue are evident once again. Turkey repeatedly violates international law and Cyprus’ sovereign rights; it is unlawfully occupying 37% of its territory and is threatening to use violence in the event Cyprus develops its mineral resources. And now, the threats will be spearheaded by European-made battle tanks.

Can the Commission say:

What is its opinion on the delivery of Leopard 2A4 tanks to the occupying forces in Cyprus?

Did Germany know that the tanks it sold to Turkey would end up in the territory of a state which has not been internationally recognised?

Will it ask that all EU Member States impose an embargo on arms sales to Turkey, which supports the illegal activities of the pseudo-state and places peace at risk?

Original language of question: EL 
Last updated: 5 March 2019Legal notice