The document also notes that relations between the EU and Turkey are at a “historic low.”
The European Parliament (EP) has adopted a resolution calling on EU member States to impose tough sanctions on Turkey over its behavior in the Mediterranean Sea. Voting on the document took place on Thursday at the EP plenary session in Brussels.
631 deputies voted in favor of the resolution, 3 against. “MEPs call on the European Council to maintain a unified position on Turkey’s illegal actions and impose tough sanctions in response,” the document says.
It stresses that Turkey’s decision to “open” the former resort area of Famagusta Varosha in the occupied part of Cyprus undermines the prospects for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem. “MEPs call on Turkey to transfer Varosha to its legal residents under the temporary administration of the UN (in accordance with resolution 550 (1984) The UN Security Council) and refrain from any actions that change the demographic balance on the island through the policy of illegal settlement,” the document says.
Also, the resolution notes that relations between the European Union and Turkey have reached a “historic low” due to Ankara’s actions in the Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, as well as “direct support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.” “As Turkey increasingly distances itself from European values and standards, relations between the EU and Turkey are at a historic low. It’s illegal and unilateral military actions in the Eastern Mediterranean infringe on EU member States Greece and Cyprus’s sovereignty. MEPs also note Turkey’s direct support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as its actions in Libya and Syria,” the document says.
EU-Turkey relations will focus on the EU heads of state and government at the December 10-11 summit. As part of the discussion, EU leaders are expected to decide whether to impose sanctions on Anka