EU must vigorously defend Cyprus and Greece against Turkish aggression
“These are not Greek Turkish or Cypriot Turkish problems; these are EU Turkish problems and we cannot leave these two countries on their own”
Kevin VO:EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber sending a clear message to the European Parliament- The EU must defend Cyprus and Greece against Turkish aggression. He said actions have consequences.
Manfred Weber MEP, EPP Group Chairman :3:05 to 3:14
“It’s time to open a new chapter in our partnership, we need to end the accession talks and find a new partnership with Turkey. One that Ankara is prepared to enter into.”
Kevin VO:The EPP Group says Turkey’s illegal drilling in Cypriot waters, violations of Greek airspace and attacks on the Greek border are not acceptable.
Vangelis Meimarakis MEP (Greece):01:28 to ? (I’m leaving out the last sentence which ends with the word tzami in Greek – you may need to check with Theo)
“We all want good relations with Turkey under the precondition that it respects us, respects the rules of international law, not trespassing them, as it has been provocatively behaving lately, otherwise it makes no sense for this dialogue because this lax behaviour gives Erdogan space for blackmailing us”
Kevin VO:A response could involve increasing sanction pressure or deploying EU naval forces in the Eastern Mediterranean
Lefteris Christoforou MEP (Cyprus):0:44 to 1:06 (on English version of video)
“If we in the EU think that solidarity is a basic value, then there is only one thing that we could do. We must demand that our Member States use the strength of the union to protect the external borders of the union which are precisely those of Cyprus or Greece”.
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