EU Urges Turkey to Cease Provocations

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The leaders of the 27 EU Member States are “urging” Turkey to stop the new “provocations” in the Eastern Mediterranean. But measures will not be taken for the time being.

 

The leaders will take stock in December, they insist.

The EU already gave Turkey the watch at the previous summit, two weeks ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in Brussels. “We now see examples where things are not going well.” Rutte’s Greek and Cypriot fellow leaders briefed leaders on this at the summit, “especially Varosha”.

This once mundane boulevard has been sealed off in no man’s land since the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus, but, to the anger of the Greek Cypriots, Turkey wants to use it again.

“The ball is now with Turkey,” said Rutte after the two-day summit.

According to him, the EU has agreed “a crystal-clear two-track policy”: if Turkey behaves and makes reasonable efforts to reduce tensions, cooperation can be profitable. Otherwise, the union will “not hesitate” to take punitive measures.

The call to intervene earlier than December is growing louder, with Greece and Cyprus in the lead.

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