11/26/2020, 6:40 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over Cyprus

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved a resolution requesting that the European Council imposes "tough sanctions in response" to "Turkey's illegal actions" in Cyprus.

In the resolution adopted by 631 votes in favor, 3 against and 59 abstentions, the MEPs sought punitive measures against Ankara due to Turkish illegal activities when "partially reopening" Varosha, a suburb of the city of Famagusta. Varosha was a ghost town until October, when the Turkish Cypriots declared Varosha open to settlement, contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 550 from 1984. In November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a two-state solution in Cyprus.

The MEPs also criticized Turkey's "unilateral military actions in the Eastern Mediterranean" aimed against "the sovereignty of EU member states Greece and Cyprus," and Ankara's "direct support of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as well as its actions in Libya and Syria."

Breaking the News / MS