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Parliamentary questions
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20 June 2012
Answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-004549/2012

The Commission is aware of Turkey's gas/oil exploration activities.

The Commission refers to the Council conclusions of 5 December 2011, which underline that ‘Turkey needs to commit itself unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the United Nations Charter, having recourse, if necessary, to the International Court of Justice. In this context, the Union expresses serious concern and urges the avoidance of any kind of threat or action directed against a Member State, or source of friction or actions, which could damage good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes’. Regarding the accession negotiations, the Commission would like to draw the Honourable Member's attention to the provisions clearly set out in the Negotiating Framework agreed by all Member States in 2005 as well as the Council decision of December 2006.

As regards disputes concerning the delimitation of marine zones, they would need to be settled between Cyprus and Turkey according to the principles of the law of the sea. The Commission is not in a position to intervene in that respect.

OJ C 248 E, 29/08/2013
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