Turkish Foreign Ministry: Turkey welcomes the conclusions adopted by European Council

Turkish Foreign Ministry: Turkey welcomes the conclusions adopted by European Council

Turkey welcomes the rhetoric of the joint statement adopted by EU leaders at the teleconference Summit and sincerely wishes to develop its relations with the Union on the basis of co-operation and mutual benefit, according to a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

“Although the evaluation part of the report entitled ‘The state of political, economic and trade relations between Turkey and the EU’ emphasizes the need for a positive agenda”, it appears to have been written under the influence of the narrow-minded claims of many Member States and Turkey-EU relations”, states the announcement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

“At the same time, we welcome the report’s efforts to promote Turkey-EU relations on the basis of a positive agenda and the rhetoric it seeks to be reflected in the summit statement”, it is said.

Recalling that it is Turkey’s desire to develop relations with the EU on the basis of mutual benefit, the ministry states that “in this context, our expectation that the EU will take concrete and constructive measures based on a positive agenda is justified”.

“We hope that linking these steps conditionally to the summit statement, addressing specific areas and postponing them until June will not lead to the loss of the positive momentum that has been recorded.”

“Although we are ready to work with the EU to continue implementation of the March 18 agreement with all elements, including cooperation on migration, and have presented concrete proposals on this issue, the fact that the EU side has to be selective and give vague statements, ignoring the comprehensive content of the agreement, remain weak steps for the EU, which we want to turn into a global actor”, the statement said.

“Beyond dialogue in the areas of the rule of law and fundamental rights, we believe it is necessary to work on a chapter-by-chapter basis in accession negotiations. In this context, we expect the EU to open chapters 23 and 24 in accordance with the new enlargement strategy framework”.

Referring to Turkey’s efforts to resolve regional crises, for example in Libya, Syria and the South Caucasus, the Turkish ministry said that mutual co-operation between Turkey and the EU would benefit from strengthening regional peace and stability and promoting common interests of both parties.

“In this regard, we are committed to immediately starting top-level dialogue that serves our common interests in all areas, including the economy, energy, transport, anti-terrorism, migration management and visa liberalization, not just regional and health-related issues”.

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: “it is against international law for the EU, which is not capable of preventing the maximalist attitude of the Greek-Greek Cypriot duo and its unilateral provocative activities in the spirit of EU solidarity, to describe the drilling activities of both our country and the TRNC in the Eastern Mediterranean as illegal. The EU has no jurisdiction in this matter. The statements on Cyprus, on the other hand, are texts that defend the interests of the Greek Cypriot side and do not contribute to possible reconciliation. The fact that the declaration, again, does not refer to the Turkish Cypriots and their legitimate rights and interests shows that the EU’s biased attitude towards Cyprus continues”.

“Positive steps that the EU will take in the direction of our common interests will be welcomed by candidate Turkey with positive steps”, the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement concludes./ibna