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Michel for Eastern Mediterranean: De-escalation a good sign, but constructive commitment must be deepened

“De-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean is a good sign, but constructive engagement must be deepened,” Charles Michel stressed.

EU policy remains engagement with Turkey in a gradual, proportionate and reversible manner, European Council President Charles Michel said speaking in the plenary session of the European Parliament.

At the same time, it noted that the Commission presented an indicative funding framework for the continuation of funding for Syrian refugees and communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and other parts of the region, noting that “the European Council expects this work to be done without delay”.

With regard to the Cyprus issue, the President the European Council stressed that the two-state solution is not a starting point for any discussion.

In addition, it expressed the EU’s concern about the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights in Turkey and noted that dialogue is an important element of EU-Turkey relations.

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