Cyprus problem very well reflected in EP’s resolution on 2014 Progress Report on Turkey says Piri

Cyprus problem very well reflected in EP’s resolution on 2014 Progress Report on Turkey says Piri

European Parliament rapporteur Kati Piri has said that the Cyprus problem is very well reflected in the resolution of the European Parliament on the report on the progress of reform in Turkey for 2014.

Piri`s report was approved on Wednesday by 432 votes to 94, with 127 abstentions.

The Dutch MEP said she was very happy that the report was adopted by the European Parliament with a large majority. “That is important because a divided parliament cannot send strong messages to any country,” Piri told the press and noted that “the report is very critical about developments in Turkey and tries to be constructive on what should be our reaction to these developments”.

Invited to comment on amendments made to the report related to the Cyprus problem, Piri said that the Cyprus question “is very well reflected now in the report”.

“When we talk about the Turkey report we should focus on Turkey and by now this report has five or six long paragraphs dealing with Cyprus. I can imagine that is very important for the Cypriot citizens and politicians that positions are put there clearly, but we should also keep it in balance. What I try to do is keep the report balanced and I think that the Cyprus question is very well reflected now in the report”.

Piri said that there is now “a very important window of opportunity” for the Cyprus problem, as the negotiations between the two leaders resumed last month. “The European Parliament has already clearly stated that we support the reunification of Cyprus”.

Asked about Turkey`s reaction to the amendments in the report that referred to a resolution recently adopted by the European Parliament on the Armenian genocide, Piri said that it was “a pity” that the Turkish Minister of EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said that they will not accept the report.

“We do have our concerns about Turkey but we want to be open for dialogue” she said, noting that “the dialogue will not be made easier by this type of approach”.

Bozkir said that “this report has thus become unacceptable for Turkey and once officially received will be returned”.

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ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY