MEPs call on Turkey to nor­malise re­la­tions with Cyprus

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For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee MEPs adopted Mon­day a re­port that calls on Turkey and all par­ties con­cerned to ac­tively sup­port the re­sump­tion of talks on the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Cyprus.

Turkey must take steps to nor­malise its re­la­tions with Cyprus, begin to with­draw its troops from the is­land and trans­fer the Fa­m­a­gusta area to the UN, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. At the same time, the Repub­lic of Cyprus should open the port of Fa­m­a­gusta un­der EU cus­toms su­per­vi­sion and al­low Turk­ish Cypri­ots to trade with the EU.

The re­port also says that Turkey must do more to fight cor­rup­tion and en­force re­spect for me­dia free­dom, free ex­pres­sion and ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence, said For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee MEPs on Mon­day. In a res­o­lu­tion on the progress of re­form in Turkey in 2014, MEPs also urge the EU to back Turkey’s ef­forts to build solid, demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and en­sure re­spect for fun­da­men­tal free­doms, hu­man rights and the rule of law. Fi­nally, it ad­vo­cates step­ping up EU/Turkey for­eign pol­icy co­op­er­a­tion.

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