The Overseas Ministry criticized the European Parliament 2022 report on Türkiye for being filled with unfair accusations and prejudices primarily based on disinformation from anti-Türkiye circles.
In an announcement launched Thursday, the ministry mentioned the report exhibits biased views relating to the Aegean, Japanese Mediterranean and Cyprus points and doesn’t align with historic or authorized truths.
The ministry’s assertion was issued in response to the EP’s report, which was endorsed in a Normal Meeting session on Wednesday.
The ministry famous that EP members have turn out to be enslaved by populist insurance policies and are removed from creating an accurate strategic method for Europe and the area and is a mirrored image of the EU physique’s lack of imaginative and prescient and shallowness amid the continuing alternatives to revive Türkiye-EU relations. The assertion continued by saying that the EP report disregards the truth that Türkiye has the potential to make the bloc a worldwide energy within the face of ongoing challenges, together with safety, vitality, local weather change, migration and financial issues.
The ministry assertion continued by saying that Türkiye hopes the brand new European Parliament after the elections will act in a impartial, rational and constructive means. On Thursday, Overseas Minister Hakan Fidan held a telephone name with Oliver Varhelyi, EU commissioner in command of enlargement, who lately paid a go to to the nation and met Fidan forward of the discharge of the report. The ministry mentioned the 2 mentioned EU-Türkiye relations. The EU report, ready by rapporteur Nacho Sanchez Amor, is stuffed with accusations towards Türkiye, claiming imprisonment of journalists and politicians to human rights violations, and “democratic backsliding.” In that sense, the report is just not very totally different from its earlier editions.
Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç mentioned in a submit on the social media web site X, previously Twitter, that the report ignores the present efforts for reform in Türkiye in addition to current developments in human rights and the rule of legislation. Tunç mentioned the report is “removed from being goal,” is just not primarily based on knowledge and is “unfair, unfounded and filled with delusions.”
“This report doesn’t contribute to the constructive agenda between Türkiye and the EU,” he added.
Türkiye lately sought to revive its stalled membership course of with the EU. The nation has essentially the most prolonged historical past with the union and essentially the most extended negotiation course of. The nation signed an affiliation settlement with the EU’s predecessor in 1964, the European Financial Group (EEC), which is normally thought to be a primary step to ultimately changing into a candidate. Making use of for official candidacy in 1987, Türkiye needed to wait till 1999 to be granted the standing of a candidate nation. For the beginning of the negotiations, nonetheless, Türkiye needed to wait for one more six years, till 2005, a uniquely lengthy course of in contrast with different candidates.
Just lately, Fidan acknowledged it was “strategic blindness” to hinder Türkiye’s EU membership course of. “It’s important to have a visionary view of Turkish-EU relations within the new period and revive the method with the attitude of full membership. This “blindness” price Türkiye over 5 a long time, as the method adhered to a course primarily based on “want” for one another slightly than joint strategic objectives, and belief for one another for each events has lengthy been low.
Though Türkiye maintains good relations with most EU nations, it faces obstacles on account of wider assist for the Greek Cypriot aspect of Cyprus and Greece, which blocks the bid of Türkiye over a dispute on maritime borders and Türkiye’s assist for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) not acknowledged by different nations.
The TRNC additionally dismissed the report, deeming it irrelevant as a result of legislative physique’s biased stance on Cyprus. “So long as the EP (European Parliament) persists in its flawed and biased perspective towards the Cyprus challenge and the events in Cyprus, experiences and selections of the EP are null and void for us,” the TRNC’s Overseas Affairs Ministry mentioned in an announcement.
The assertion emphasised that the European Parliament accredited a report that ignored the existence and inherent rights of the Turkish Cypriot folks and completely mirrored the views of the Greek Cypriot administration. “The insistence on the tried and failed federation mannequin within the report … (and) an method that blames Türkiye are manifestations of the EP’s detachment from the realities on the island and its blindly pro-Greek stance,” the ministry added. The ministry additionally mentioned that the coastal space of Maraş, or Varosha in Greek, belongs to the TRNC and criticized the European Parliament’s stance on the Pile-Yiğitler highway as “unacceptable.”
“The Turkish Cypriot aspect should respect the U.N. mission’s mandate within the buffer zone and chorus from any actions that escalate tensions,” the EP report mentioned. Türkiye says the development of the Pile-Yigitler highway is a “humanitarian challenge” aiming to facilitate the direct entry of TRNC residents within the village of Pile to their homeland. The Greek Cypriot administration and the U.N. are against the challenge.