Brussels, Belgium – EU High Representative for Foreign Relations Josep Borrell said that Turkey and the EU should be in communication and that relations are at a “critical point”. “It is in our strategic interest to create a safe and stable environment in the Eastern Mediterranean.” said.

“It is in our strategic interest to create a safe and stable environment in the Eastern Mediterranean, to develop bilateral and multilateral relations based on cooperation and mutual interest of all actors in the region.” said.

EU statement on Turkey

The European Parliament (EP) plenary session was held with the participation of EU High Representative Borrell on the draft resolution on “increased tensions in Marash after Turkey’s illegal actions and the urgent need for resumption of negotiations”, which is scheduled to be put to a vote on Thursday.

In his speech here, Borrell expressed that they want Marash’s status as specified in United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions to be respected and that they are concerned about developments on the ground.

Josep Borrell, who recalled that they wanted to return from the decision to open a section of the closed Marash, noted that the latest developments related to Marash occurred during efforts to create a dialogue environment on the solution of the Cyprus problem and the Eastern Mediterranean.

“We are ready to support finding a permanent solution”

“We conveyed this message to our Turkish interlocutors. I personally conveyed this to the new leader of the Turkish Cypriots in our phone call after the election., “he said.

“We are ready to support these negotiations and the finding of a permanent solution,” Josep Borrell said, reiterating that the EU institutions are ready to support a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem in accordance with UN parameters within the framework of a bi-communal, bi-zonal Federation. It is in our strategic interest to create a safe and stable environment in the eastern Mediterranean, to cooperate with all actors in the region and to develop bilateral and multilateral relations based on mutual interest.”was in the form.

Borrell reminded that the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean will be discussed at the EU leaders ‘ summit on December 10-11 2020, and said that the issue of Marash will be kept at the top of the EU’s agenda “in order to ensure compliance with UNSC decisions”.

“We must continue to communicate with Turkey”

Josep Borrell, speaking after the speeches of MEPs, responded to the MPs who asked him not to “bow down to Turkey”.

“No one gives in. We must continue to communicate with Turkey.”at the December summit, a decision will be made on Turkey-EU relations,” Borrell said.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and security policy Borrell, “we are at a critical point in relations with Turkey,” he said, next to Cyprus and Greece and the EU, reiterated their support for the resumption of Cyprus talks.

Borrell noted that they will continue diplomatic contacts with Turkey in order to achieve this goal.