The European Parliament (EP) 2022 Report on Türkiye has been adopted following a vote at the EP General Assembly on 13 September 2023. The EP has maintained its biased attitude as in previous years and adopted a report which is far from the realities of the island, ignoring the inherent rights and the existence of the Turkish Cypriot people and reflecting only the views of the Greek Cypriot side. We consider such reports and decisions of the EP as null and void, so long as the EP insists on maintaining its wrongful and biased stance towards the Cyprus issue and the sides in Cyprus.

The insistence on the tried and failed federation model in the report, as well as the blame placed on Türkiye for the collapse of the final negotiation process between the sides in Crans-Montana rather than on the sole responsible party, the Greek Cypriot leadership, is a reflection of how the EP is detached from the realities on the ground and how it unquestioningly supports the Greek Cypriot side. It is not acceptable for the European Union to “actively participate” in any negotiation process due to its partial stance under the guise of “solidarity between member countries”.

The fact that the EU has created a comfort zone for the Greek Cypriot side by accepting its membership in contravention to 1960 Founding Treaties and EU membership criteria, constitutes the greatest obstacle to  reaching a lasting agreement on the island. It is obvious that this decision of the EP will render it even more difficult to reach a potential agreement between the sides.

The EP’s attitude towards the Yiğitler-Pile road, the construction of which was commenced for purely humanitarian purposes in order to facilitate the access of our citizens living in the village of Pile to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus territory as well as their lands in Pile, is unacceptable. We would like to remind that the United Nations Peacekeeping Force and the United Nations Security Council have turned a blind eye to similar projects carried out by the Greek Cypriot Administration in the buffer zone up until now and would like to underline that the ongoing project will be completed as soon as possible in order to ease the lives of the Turkish Cypriot people who have been left to the mercy of the Greek Cypriot Administration and officials of the British Sovereign Base Areas.

As for the baseless claims made in the report with reference to the fenced-off area of Maraş, we deem it necessary to emphasize once again that the fenced-off area of Maraş is within TRNC territory and authority to decide on the steps to be taken in this area is vested in the Government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The EP acts in the report as the spokesperson of the Greek Cypriot people by ignoring the efforts and calls of the Turkish Cypriot side on other issues such as missing persons, education and cultural heritage. If the EP is willing to be constructive on the Cyprus issue, it should abandon its approach of ignoring the realities of the island and rather promote cooperation between the two existing States in Cyprus by acknowledging the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot people.