Cyprus missing persons relatives set up a World Federation
by Kyriakos Tsioupras
London, Oct 25 (CNA) – Committees of the relatives of Cyprus missing persons have joined forces for the better coordination of their actions and the better use of opportunities that appear at the international level to further promote their cause.
To that end the Committees set up the World Federation of the Committees of the Relatives of the Undeclared Prisoners and the Missing Persons of Cyprus that will be based in Nicosia.
The Federation was set up at a ceremony here Monday, after the organizations of Cyprus, Greece and the UK signed a protocol.
In their addresses officials of the Committees stressed that this development was necessary for the further promotion of their efforts at the international level.
They also noted that the World Federation will have easier access to international fora, the right of intervention to decision making processes at the international level as well as cooperation with other organizations.
Furthermore they stressed that the missing persons issue has entered a new phase due to Turkey’s efforts to show a shift in her policies after the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, on 10 May 2001, and the resolution of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 7 June 2005.
Members of the Federation will hold today their first meeting with British MPs.