20 March, 2007
The German Presidency of the EU on Monday called on Turkey to avoid actions, such as threats, which might possibly turn against the principle of good neighbourhood and have negative repercussions in the peaceful resolution of differences.
The position is outlined by the Presidency in a reply to a question by Cypriot MΕP Yiannakis Matsis, member of the European People's Party, who referred to the Turkish threats against the Republic of Cyprus on the occasion of the agreements signed by Nicosia with third countries as regards the exploitation of natural gas or oil reserves in its exclusive economic zone.
The German Presidency cites the Helsinki (1999) and Brussels (2004 & 2006) decisions which referred to the commitment of member states as well as candidate states to maintain relations of good neighbourhoodliness. At the same time, the German Presidency reminds that progress in harmonizing bilateral relations between Turkey and the rest of the EU member states includes the Republic of Cyprus.
This harmonization, it adds, constitutes a European obligation which Ankara ought to fulfill in order for progress in its accession progress to be achieved.
The EU Presidency, in its reply to Matsis, points out that in every meeting with Turkey, within the framework of the political dialogue, the European Council representatives point out to Ankara the Turkish obligations, noting that the Council attaches great significance in their fulfillment.
In addition, it is closely monitoring developments, since progress in this sector, meaning the fulfilling or not of the short term priorities, will have consequences in the accession negotiations.
Source: Athens News Agency