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Christofias protests to EuroParliament - UN
2003-08-28 11:51:15

Nicosia, Aug 27 (CNA) - Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias called on the heads of the United Nations, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the European Parliament to make every possible effort to reopen the Rizokarpaso Gymnasium in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, European Parliament President Pat Cox and PACE Chairman Peter Schieder, Christofias condemns Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's refusal to allow the reopening of the school so that children of Greek Cypriot enclaved can attend without having to leave their families and cross to the government-controlled areas of the Republic or the families being forced to leave their homes.

Christofias says that by refusing the request of the government of Cyprus to reopen the school for the enclaved children, Denktash has proven once again that his sole aim is to make permanent the island's division by ignoring the will of his community for a solution and the island's reunification and by showing his intransigence on a humanitarian issue.

He further says that Denktash is violating one of the fundamental human rights of the enclaved people of the Karpass peninsula, which is the right to education, and totally flouts the Third Vienna Agreement on the enclaved, which Denkash himself had signed.

Christofias calls on Annan, Cox and Schieder to take all necessary steps to secure the reopening of the school and fundamental human rights, especially the right of the small number of Greek Cypriots living in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus for free access to education.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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