The European Parliament of the European Union.

RESOLUTION 10.7.86
on the escalation of tension in Cyprus

The European Parliament,

  1. whereas the Republic of Cyprus has signed an association agreement with the EEC,
  2. recalling previous resolutions on Cyprus, and notably the resolutions of 11 January 1983 on the problem of missing persons in Cyprus1, of 17 November 1983 on the 'declaration of independence' by the Turkish Cypriot sector of Cyprus2 and of 13 September 1985 on developments in the Turkish-occupied section of Northern Cyprus3,
  3. stressing that both the Foreign Ministers Meeting in Political Cooperation and the European Parliament have condemned the declaration of the so-called Turkish-Cypriot state which resembled a coup d'Žtat, have declared themselves in favour of the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and support international initiatives to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem,
  4. aware that no Member State of the EEC or the UN - with the sole exception of Turkey - has recognized the so-called 'Turkish-Cypriot state',
  5. aware of the measures taken by the Turkish-Cypriot 'administration' along the line demarcating the territory of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkish troops,
  6. noting that this act followed the visit by the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Ozal, to the occupied zone of the island which met with international disapproval and occasioned unfavourable comments from the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Perez de Cuellar,
  7. noting that according to reports which have not been denied a Cypriot pleasure-cruiser sailing in international waters was fired at by a Turkish warship on 30 June 1986 and that such actions are to be condemned,
  8. perturbed by the turn taken by the Cyprus problem and its possible implications for Greek-Turkish relations,
  9. Disapproves of any act (such as the visit by Mr. Ozal and the sealing of the line of demarcation) that complicates the Cyprus problem and postpones a just, peaceful and lasting solution;
  10. Points out that the Turkish Government must be held partly responsible for the situation created, since the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus is occupied by its troops;
  11. Notes that Turkey's attitude cannot but affect its relations with the Community,
  12. Calls on the Foreign Ministers Meeting in Political Cooperation to intensify their efforts and exert all their influence to prevent developments that might endanger peace in the sensitive East Mediterranean region:
  13. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Foreign Ministers Meeting in Political Cooperation, the governments of the Member States, the Council, the Commission and the governments of the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey.
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