Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met today with Kati Piri, the Rapporteur on Turkey of the European Parliament (EP) Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) and member of the Socialists and Democrats Group; Charles Tannock, AFET Coordinator and member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group; and Othmar Karas, member of the European People’s Party.

During his contacts, Foreign Minister Nami drew attention to the importance of adopting a balanced approach at the session on Cyprus of the European Parliament, which is due to take place next week. Minister Nami added that the EP should be cautious not to reward the side which has abandoned the Cyprus negotiations and should, in this connection, take decisions and steps which will encourage the Greek Cypriot side towards a settlement and compromise.

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed the necessity for the Greek Cypriot leader to return to the negotiation table in the shortest possible time in order to resume the comprehensive settlement negotiations, as well as the need to engage in dialogue in order to resolve all issues, including the issue of the management of hydrocarbon reserves. Foreign Minister Nami also mentioned some of the issues regarding the work conducted between Turkish Cypriots and the European Union, and exchanged views with his counterparts on how these issues can be resolved.

Minister Nami and his delegation will return to the Island tonight upon the completion of their contacts in Brussels.