The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded to the conclusions of last night’s European Council Summit on EU sanctions against Turkey with a mild statement.
According to the announcement:
Although there are many EU countries, including the Presidency, that are fighting for dialogue and contact with our country since the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the EU on October 1-2, a positive agenda in Turkey-EU relations has not yet been set, due to the narrow political calculations of one or two countries, and the EU could not get out of the search for restrictive measures that have no benefit.
By abusing the solidarity of the members and the veto rights of some Member States, the maximalist demands and the unjust attitudes they set against Turkey put Turkey and the EU in a vicious circle. This situation harms the common interests of Turkey and the EU and the peace, security and stability of our region.
We reject the discriminatory and illegal attitude, which we know is not adopted by the majority of the EU, especially on Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean and regional issues, but which must be included in the results of December’s 10th EU Summit with solidarity and pressure for a veto.
Turkey has always stated that it is ready to start exploratory talks with Greece, despite its provocative steps, without preconditions for creating stability in the region.
Since 2004, Turkey and the TRNC have made a concerted effort to make hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean an element of stability, not tension, and have taken all constructive and positive initiatives.
In this decision, the EU once again ignored the Turkish Cypriot people and their will, who is the co-owner of the island of Cyprus, and condemned the imposition of the GCASC on the Cyprus issue and the issues of the enclosed Varosha. The EU must now abandon this stance to allow a fair, lasting and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem based on the events on the island.
It is the healthiest way for the Greek Cypriots to meet with the Turkish Cypriots to start discussing the hydrocarbon resources that are causing tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and the distribution of their income, and to take concrete measures for a solution. In fact, the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Conference is also an opportunity in this regard. The legal rights of our country and the “TRNC” will continue to be resolutely protected in the Eastern Mediterranean.
It is a pity for the EU that Greece is pressuring migrants in the Aegean and Frontex is involved in these actions. It is not possible to talk about responsible management of migration flows without stopping these violations and mass deportation practices, which are serious human rights violations and are strongly condemned by the international community. The EU should show its sensitivity in managing migration not in our country, but especially in Greece, which has systematically treated asylum seekers inhumanely.
It will be in our common interest to start work on updating all the issues that make up the Turkey-EU Agreement of 18 March as soon as possible without preconditions and without making the other conditional. At the same time, this would serve to overcome the common challenges we face in Europe and beyond.
As we have always said, the EU must play the role of an honest mediator and act with integrity, strategically and logically./ibna