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DISY condemns regime?s demand to show passports
2003-09-09 19:40:35

Nicosia, Sep 9 (CNA) ? Democratic Rally leader Nicos Anastasiades has made strong representations to the EU and the UN, denouncing a demand by the Turkish Cypriot occupation regime in occupied Cyprus to inspect passports of persons crossing into the occupied north.

''We seek your active support at all relevant bodies in order to lift this anachronistic and unlawful requirement and thus rectify this injustice and inhuman situation,? he said in a letter of protest.

The letter refers to the visit on Sunday by a DISY delegation to the Turkish occupied villages of Agia Triada and Rizokarpaso in the Karpass peninsula and notes that the ?authorities of the pseudostate, contrary to UN resolutions and relevant European policies, required a passport in order to permit the access of the party delegation to the occupied territory?.

Anastasiades notes that the party considers ?free movement of people within a country a fundamental human right which lies at the very core of the European integration process?.

DISY further underlines that the denial of free flow of people ?directly contradicts the philosophy upon which the EU has been built and constitutes a flagrant violation both of international law and the European acquis?.

The letter notes that there are approximately 400 mainly elderly Greek Cypriots in Karpass who are ?deprived of their basic human, political, religious and educational rights.?

It recalls that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has rejected several petitions to reopen Rizokarpaso Gymnasium, forcing 20 pupils to be leave their families in order to continue their education in the southern government controlled areas of Cyprus.

The letter was addressed to the leadership of the European Peoples? Party, its President Wilfried Martens, EPP-ED Group leader Hans-Gert Poettering, chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy, Elmar Brok, head of the New Democracy Euro MPs Antonis Trakatelis, Euro MP Theresa Villiers as well as the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the UN Secretary-General?s acting special representative in Cyprus and the ambassadors in Nicosia of the EU member states.

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