MEPs call on Turkey to normalise relations with Cyprus
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.