Strict warning from the Commission to Turkey

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Papadimoulis to the Commission: Take initiatives against Turkish expansionism

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The European Council took a position against Turkey that went so far as to challenge even the Treaty of Lausanne.

The European Council has repeatedly reiterated that "Turkey must make a firm commitment to the development of good neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, and, if necessary, to the International Court of Justice," she said. Foreign Minister F. Mogherini, in response to a question from the Vice President of the European Parliament and head of the SYRIZA Eurogroup Dimitris Papadimoulis, regarding the challenges of Turkish President T. Erdogan, who arrived in November 2016 to of Lausanne.

"The EU, on the basis of recent developments, expresses its concern and calls on Turkey to refrain from any threat or action against a Member State or cause of friction or action that harms good neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes. "Statements that negatively affect good neighborly relations must be avoided," Ms Mogherini said.

In his question to the Commission, the Vice President of the European Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis, citing the aggressive statements of the Turkish President, as well as Article 16 of the Treaty of Lausanne which concerns "the resignation of Turkey from all rights and aspirations in territories "beyond what has been agreed," he said, urging the Commission to comment on Erdogan's statements, but also to assess the severity of the situation in the wider Middle East region.

At the same time, he called on the Commission to take concrete initiatives that could address Turkish expansion, with a view to peaceful coexistence in the region of Southeastern Europe and the wider Middle East.

In its Annual Report on Turkey, the Commission recalled that, in line with the negotiating framework and previous Council conclusions, the Council reiterated its commitment to developing good neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes under the Charter. of the United Nations, appealing, if necessary, to the International Court of Justice. In this context, the EU reiterated its serious concern and called on Turkey to refrain from any kind of threat or action against a Member State or cause of friction or action that would damage good neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

Source: newsbeast.gr