So­lu­tion will dra­mat­i­cally change re­gion’s sta­bil­ity out­look

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A Cyprus so­lu­tion will dra­mat­i­cally change the sta­bil­ity out­look of the re­gion, said EP rap­por­teur on Turkey’s ac­ces­sion progress Kati Piri (Dutch, PES), while ad­dress­ing the press in Brus­sels.

Kati Piri noted the prospect of the is­land re­uni­fi­ca­tion dur­ing her in­tro­duc­tory state­ments, while pre­sent­ing the text of the progress re­port she com­piled on be­half of the for­eign affairs com­mit­tee of the EP.

Piri said that “we cannon turn a blind eye on any­thing else hap­pen­ing in Turkey, just be­cause Europe is pre­oc­cu­pied with the mi­gra­tion is­sue”.

The EP rap­por­teur openly crit­i­cised Turkey for re­gres­sion on free­dom of press and pros­e­cu­tion of jour­nal­ists just for do­ing their jobs. Kati Piri made a spe­cial ref­er­ence on the seizure of peace talks with the Kurds in the South East part of the coun­try, with 400.000 peo­ple forced to leave their coun­try.

“No one is talk­ing about what is go­ing on in Turkey”, she added. “It is very ir­re­spon­si­ble to talk mi­gra­tion pol­icy with­out hav­ing the big pic­ture - I did not say they will ask asy­lum to Europe, but they are in­ter­nally dis­placed, we can­not have a dia­log only about those ar­riv­ing in Greece, it is not an in­ter­nal Turk­ish is­sue, it will af­fect Europe”.

The Dutch MEP said that “we could phase an­other refugee cri­sis” and that’s de­spite the “tremen­dous hos­pi­tal­ity of the Turk­ish peo­ple on refugee is­sue”.

Fi­nally, she men­tioned Cyprus on which “40% of all the amend­ments on this re­port are made year af­ter year”, but noted that “this is the year to pay at­ten­tion to Cyprus” as “a so­lu­tions to an over 40 year divi­sion is at hand”, due to, as she said “the tire­less ef­forts of the wo com­mu­nity lead­ers to reach a set­tle­ment”.

Kati Piri re­it­er­ated the need for Turkey to sup­port the so­lu­tion process ac­tively and prompted the press to fol­low the first EP ple­nary of April in Stras­bourg for the adop­tion of the re­port.

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