Messages to Ankara was sent by the Foreign Ministers of the European Union
There is a need for closer cooperation between the EU and Turkey, which means that communication with the country must be sought “taking into account the Cyprus issue” , reportedEU High Representative Josep Borrell, after the conclusion of the informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, held in Brussels within the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
- Message from the EU Foreign Ministry in Ankara: “Euro-Turkish relations go through the Cyprus issue”
Mr. Borel referred to the discussion that the Foreign Ministers had based on last year's report November, where the status of was recordedof Euro-Turkish relations on a political and economic level, but also in relation to trade.
“After a long pause we brought the subject of our relations back on the agenda” , Mr Borrell noted, referring to the EU's relations with Turkey.
“I think we should call for a closer cooperation between the EU and Turkey, avoid confrontation and increase cooperation“, he continued.
“That's why we should seek communication with Turkey, taking into account the Cyprus issue”, he stressed.
Mr. Borel also noted that the Foreign Ministers also discussed “the situation and opportunities in the field of foreign policy”, and said that “the conclusion is that we should cooperate more with Turkey” in areas > “where our interests converge and to avoid sources of tension”.
From the side of theBelgium's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Haja Labib, said that Turkey is increasingly a strategic partner on the international stage, either in relation to the Black Sea and the maritime grain transport corridor, or in relation to the mediator role it has played initially with Russia.
Obviously, he noted, this is a necessary partner, but one with which the EU is not aligned on a number of issues such as the rule of law, democracy and the independence of the judiciary.
Also, he continued. , these disagreements concern conflicts with certain member states, such as Cyprus.
The question of how you bring difficult partners like Turkey to the table is something that should be discussed in the very short future, he continued, stressing that rationality is the key word.
In response to a related question, Ms. Labib noted thatTurkey will be invited to the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of EU enlargement in April.
Mr. Borrell referred extensively to the discussion that the Foreign Ministers had on the situation in the Gaza Strip, speaking of an intense discussion due to the different positions, while he emphasized that it is a humanitarian disaster which is however man-made.
< p>Referring to the accusations facing members of the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), Mr. Borel said that the Foreign Ministry welcomed the steps taken by UNRWA to investigate the allegations, and added that he had called the head of the agency , Filipe Lazzarini, to attend the next meeting of the Ministers responsible for development issues.
He stressed, however, that the Commission has not suspended its financial support to UNRWA, as the member states have not done, despite what they have be heard, noting that what is happening concerns preventive measures. He also pointed out that there are no scheduled support payments for the service until the end of the month anyway.