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Parliamentary questions
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14 June 2021
Question for written answer  E-003112/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Nikos Androulakis (S&D)
 Subject: New Turkish drone base in occupied Cyprus

As announced on 20 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to inaugurate a permanent base for Turkish unmanned aircraft (drones), with or without ordnance, at the illegal military airfield in occupied Lefkoniko.

The strengthening of Turkey’s military presence and the build-up of offensive weaponry in the occupied territory is a cause for particular concern, particularly given its disdain for the framework provisions called for by UN Security Council resolutions, thereby further entrenching the division of the island.

In view of these and other recent acts of provocation by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean:

1. Can the High Representative say whether he considers such moves to be in line with the policy of establishing good neighbourly relations and a ‘positive agenda’ and with the recommendations contained in the report he presented to the European Council in March?

2. From September 2020, the European Parliament has been repeatedly calling for a Council initiative to prevent all EU Member States from licensing arms exports to Turkey, in line with its Common Position 2008/944/CFSP. Why has this not yet been done?

3. How will the High Representative ensure attendance and effective participation by the European Union in talks on the reunification of Cyprus?

Original language of question: EL
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