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Italian presidency to investigate Rizokarpaso schools prohibition
2003-09-05 10:52:39

by Nicos Bellos

Brussels, Sep 4 (CNA) ? The Italian presidency of the European Union will investigate the refusal of the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus to allow the operation of schools in the occupied village of Rizokarpaso.

The issue was raised during a plenary session of the European Parliament, which examined human rights.

Italy?s Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Roberto Antonione, replying to a question by Greek Coalition Euro MP Alecos Alavanos, informed the European Parliament that the Presidency will carry out an investigation and will take the necessary action.

Alavanos told the plenary that the occupation regime is prohibiting the opening of the Gymnasium at the occupied village of Rizokarpaso and only a few days ago they asked teachers who were to teach at the only elementary school in the occupied areas, to leave.

The Greek Euro MP called for the urgent intervention of the Council of Ministers so that the school and gymnasium can operate and the children and their families will not be forced to abandon Rizokarpaso.

The Italian Undersecretary took the stand to reply to the issue which Alavanos had raised, stressing that he would immediately look into it and if necessary inform the European Parliament.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island?s territory.

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