VP/HR — Condemnation of provocative statements made by Turkey’s President, Erdogan, which dispute the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and related Greek sovereign rights

Written question – VP/HR – Condemnation of provocative statements made by Turkey’s President, Erdogan, which dispute the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and related Greek sovereign rights – E-007848/2016

19 October 2016
E-007848-16
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Notis Marias (ECR)

Written question – VP/HR – Condemnation of provocative statements made by Turkey’s President, Erdogan, which dispute the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and related Greek sovereign rights – E-007848/2016

On 29 September 2016 and again on 17 October 2016, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in provocative and dangerous statements, raised the issue of revising the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, disputing Greek sovereign rights and the recognition of the Aegean Islands, Crete, Northern Greece and Thrace as Greek.

Other Turkish officials, including the Mayor of Ankara, have also made such statements that dispute history and international law, on the basis of which Greek sovereign rights over those areas have been established.

Furthermore, during September and October 2016, both Greek airspace and territorial waters were repeatedly violated by Turkish fighter aircraft and submarines.

In view of the above, what initiatives is the VP/HR planning to take to:

1. Immediately and unreservedly condemn the challenge to the above Greek sovereign rights officially expressed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials?
2. Ensure that Turkey will be pressed to uphold international law and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne?

 

Answer to a written question – Erdoğan questions the legitimacy of Greek sovereignty over the Greek Aegean islands – P-007398/2016

20 December 2016
Joint answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: E-007848/16 , E-007518/16 , E-007866/16 , E-007515/16 , P-007806/16 , P-007398/16 , P-007505/16 , E-007516/16
In its annual report on Turkey(1), the Commission has recalled that in line with the Negotiating Framework and previous Council conclusions, the Council has reiterated that Turkey needs to commit itself unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the United Nations Charter, having recourse, if necessary, to the International Court of Justice. In this context, the EU has again expressed serious concern, and urged Turkey to avoid any kind of threat or action directed against a Member State, or source of friction or actions that damage good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

Statements which negatively impact on good neighbourly relations should be avoided.

(1) http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/key_documents/2016/20161109_report_turkey.pdf

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