President Papadopoulos: We will defend our rights in the EU
Larnaca, Jun 23 (CNA) -- The President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos said today that Cyprus will defend its rights within the European Union and with continuous efforts will do its utmost to persuade Turkey to meet its EU obligations.
In statements to the press, the President said that the Cypriot government?s effort is also to demonstrate to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the so called compensation committee, set up in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus to deal with Greek Cypriot properties there, is illegal, has been established by an illegal regime and thus can not have any legal effect.
The President was asked whether the government plans to take any measures to prevent Greek Cypriots? applications to the ?compensation committee? and whether the governemnt will appeal to international fora to report the fact that Turkey is behind the ''committee''.
"Would the government do all these and then be accused and condemned once and for all that it is a government that prevents the function of domestic legal remedies? No, our effort is to prove to the ECHR, that the committee is illegal?, he said.
?Why should we offer Turkey such a gift of preventing a so called just examination? We want to prove that the committee is illegal, not the opposite?, he noted.
Replying to another question, President Papadopoulos said that the governments of Greece and Cyprus have decided the tactic to be followed in view of the EU report on Turkey, mid October.
?The Republic of Cyprus will defend its rights emerging from the EU regulations and its membership to the Union. With flexibility and continuous efforts we will try to persuade Turkey to meet its EU obligations?, he added.
As regards a meeting between him and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in the presence of UN Undersecretary General for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari, who arrives to Cyprus July 6, President Papadopoulos said that no such meeting has be scheduled yet.
He added that the only arrangement that was finalized in January during a telephone conversation he had with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, is the forthcoming meeting with Talat at the first sitting of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) in the presence of the Committee?s new third member Christophe Girod.