EU turning blind eye to Turkey incursion ‘walking on European territory’ warns French MEP

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Francois-Xavier Bellamy was speaking at a time of heightened tensions in the region, with Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis continuing to operate close to Greek island of Kastellorizo. Mr Bellamy told a plenary session of the European Parliament today: “On October 6 we again had to look at what was happening in Turkey despite UN conventions on Turkey and Cyprus.

“We have this occupied enclave of Cyprus on European soil.

“Turkish boats have once again entered Greece’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“Greece must be doubting the de-escalation that we announced.”

Erdogan again takes three steps forward and he is walking on European territory

Francois-Xavier Bellamy

Referring to Turkey’s leader, as well as the ongoing dispute in Nagorno-Karabakh, he added: “Erdogan again takes three steps forward and he is walking on European territory.

“We cannot forget the fate of Armenia today, which is struck by the actions of Turkey.

“Azerbaijan has made victims and what is Europe doing about that?

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In a pointed message to leaders in Brussels, he said: “Europe says it finds it regrettable and calls for peace.

“But we are not talking about sanctions, which is the only effective word that we should be uttering.

“Turkey is a regular crisis every week, innocent deaths every week.

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“I think it is time to save face, it is time to act.

“We cannot remain with our arms crossed like this.

“We cannot allow Turkey to spread its propaganda, especially when Erdogan says they are supporting terrorism, particularly with what happened to Samuel Paty in France.

“And we have further declarations on that subject from the Turkish President today.”

In a video sent to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and uploaded to the Turkish President’s website today, Mr Erdogan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of using the gruesome killing of Mr Paty to create “cowardly Muslim citizens” who do not protest injustice.

He said: “Those who attack our religion, arguing with crises that they themselves caused, are uncomfortable with the rise of Islam.

“Anti-Islamic rhetoric is one of the tools most used by Western politicians who want to cover up their incompetence.”

Notably, he made no reference to the murder of the schoolteacher,.

Nor has the Turkish Government commented officially.

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