European Parliament resolution critical of Turkey over Cyprus, Greece

The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution on Turkey's accession progress that was strongly critical of its delay in adopting the Copenhagen criteria and ensuring good neighbour relations with Greece and Cyprus.

In the resolution, Turkey was criticised for failing to lift the Turkish Parliament's 'casus belli' threat against Greece and the European Parliament stressed that it expects the Turkish government to stop continuous violations of Greek air space, including flights by Turkish fighter jets over Greek islands.

It also urges Turkey to immediately sign the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, pointing out that this has been signed by the EU, its 27 member-states and all candidate countries bar Turkey and forms a part of the Community acquis.

The Turkish government and all interested parties are also called upon to actively support and facilitate negotiations for resolving the Cyprus issue, including by creating a good climate for talks by initiating the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus.

The two communities on Cyprus are also encouraged to work intensively to take advantage of the progress already made in order to achieve a viable solution.

Turkey is also urged to give greater support for the committee seeking Cyprus missing, giving them access to military zones and files, while Turkey and Turkish-Cypriot authorities are asked to avoid creating new settlements of Turkish citizens on Cyprus.

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