MEP Kati Piri calls on Turkey to support Cyprus talks in draft EP accession report

European Parliament rapporteur on Turkeys accession process calls Turkey to actively support the negotiations and reiterates that its commitment and contribution to a comprehensive settlement remains crucial, in a draft intended for the Foreign Affairs committee and dated 18 of April 2017.

In the Draft report, MEP Kati Piri “underlines that a settlement of the Cyprus problem would have a positive impact on the entire region, while first and foremost benefiting Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”.

The report “praises the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus for having achieved major progress in the settlement talks” and “welcomes the exchange of preferred maps, so far unprecedented, and the first international conference that was held with the guarantor powers”.

Furthermore the report “supports the settlement based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, a single international legal personality, a single sovereignty and single citizenship with political equality between the two communities, in line with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and with respect for the principles on which the Union is founded; welcomes the intensified engagement by the parties to the settlement of the Cyprus problem.”

Finally the report “expects Turkey’s active support to the negotiations and reiterates that Turkey’s commitment and contribution to a comprehensive settlement remains crucial” and “praises the important work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) and calls on Turkey to allow access to all relevant sites and to assist the CMP by providing information from its military archives”.

Source: Cyprus News Agency