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Parliamentary questions
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6 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eva Kaili
 Subject: Letter from Turkey to the UN on maritime borders and the continental shelf

The provocative stance adopted Turkey vis-à-vis Greece and Cyprus, and by extension the EU, has been further exacerbated by the recent submission by Turkey's Permanent Representative, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, of a letter to the UN, in which Turkey sets out its demands for an extension of its maritime zones and continental shelf, essentially ignoring the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus. In addition, a new chapter about coordinates entitled ‘Beyond the 28th meridian’ is attached to the letter. This arbitrarily sets the boundary of the Turkish continental shelf to the west of the 28th meridian which passes vertically through Rhodes and includes Kastellorizo and the island cluster of Ro and Strongyli, thereby calling into question the status of the continental shelf from the west of Rhodes to Crete.

Given that the maritime borders of Greece and Cyprus are essentially EU borders, will the Commission say:

Does the EU intend to respond to Turkey's diplomatic folly that has now been formalised in this letter?

Original language of question: EL
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