European Greens concerned over Turkey’s nuclear aspirations
Co-President of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) at the European Parliament Rebecca Harms expressed on Monday her concern over Turkey`s plans to construct a nuclear power plant in a dangerous earthquake region, some kilometers away from Cyprus.
Harms, who is paying Cyprus a visit, was received today by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides, who informed her about the government`s position regarding the nuclear power plant in Turkish Akkuyu as well as the Cyprus problem.
The German MEP said she visits Cyprus because she is `very worried about the plans of the Turkish government to construct a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu not far from Cyprus`.
“Akkuyu is for many members of the EP a point of concern because Turkey is a country suffering a lot from earthquake risks and earthquakes. Akkuyu is close to a very dangerous earthquake region and therefore nobody finds it reasonable to have a nuclear power plant there”, she said.
Asked if this issue could have any repurcussions on Turkey`s EU accession course, she pointed out that there are many problems in Turkey`s negotiation process.
Harms said that the EP is now preparing the next progress report for Turkey and the main concerns are the political developments and the rule of law.
The EP, Harms said, “is very concerned about this more autoritarian course that the government of Turkey are supporting. We find it very alerting that the freedom of the press is not any longer given in Turkey and we want the EU to focus not only on the environmental issues but also on the political problems within Turkey”.
Earlier today Harms was received by Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis.
In his statements, the President of the Cyprus Greens said that the European Greens have always supported his party`s stance on Turkey`s nuclear energy plans. Referring to the Cyprus issue, he said that as long as Turkey controls the Turkish Cypriot community prospects for a solution are limited.
But he expressed the wish that the new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will find the strength to resist Ankara`s policies, noting that Turkey is the obstacle in all efforts to reach a solution on the island.