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Diplomatic Incident with Cypriot MEP in Ankara

A diplomatic incident unfolded against the Republic of Cyprus during a meeting of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment being held in Ankara.

Cypriot MEP Eleni Theocharous protested that her accreditation referred to her as representative of the ”Greek Cypriot administration of the South” and not of the Republic of Cyprus. Mrs. Theocharous asked for explanations and under the guidance of the High Commissioner of Cyprus in Ankara decide to withdraw from the meeting.

The Turkish side claimed that the European Commission had sent them the titles and names of the MEPs’ conference badges but a Commission representative attending the meeting denied the truth behind this claim.

According to later information, the change in the Cypriot representative’s title was instructed by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The MEP contacted immediately the Permanent Representative of the European Commission in Ankara, Marc Pierini, who gave instructions to the representative of the European Commission to withdraw from the meeting as well. Pierini announced that he would also contact Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanding further explanations.

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