Tip: Turkey continues to back away from EU membership negotiations


Turkey continues to move away from the European Union and its accession negotiations, according to the conclusions on enlargement adopted Tuesday evening by the General Affairs Council in Brussels.

“Therefore, these are effectively at a standstill and no further chapter can be considered for opening or closing,” added the findings.

It was then that the Council also called on Turkey to “put an end to all threats and actions which undermine good neighborly relations, to normalize its relations with the Republic of Cyprus and to respect the sovereignty of all the Member States of the EU over their territorial sea and airspace and over all their sovereign rights, including, inter alia, the right to explore and exploit natural resources, in accordance with EU and international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ”.

In addition, the Council noted that Turkey should fulfill its obligations under the negotiating framework.

And this includes the full and non-discriminatory implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Association Agreement towards all Member States and reaffirms that the recognition of all Member States is essential.

Turkey, which still occupies part of Cyprus, a member of the EU after an invasion in 1974, refuses to recognize Nicosia. Many attempts negotiated by the UN to reunite the island have failed mainly because of Turkey’s intransigent position.

“The EU remains fully committed to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem,” the conclusions also indicate.

“He recalls that it remains crucial in this regard that Turkey commits to and contributes to a peaceful settlement, including its external aspects, within the framework of the UN, on the basis of a bicommunal and bizonal federation with the political equality, in accordance with all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. and in accordance with the principles on which the EU is founded and the acquis ”, added the conclusions.

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