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PACE calls on Turkey to implement ECHR judgments on Cyprus
2006-10-05 11:17:43

Strasbourg, Oct 2 -- Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has urged Turkey to fully implement the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments regarding the long overdue issue of missing persons in Cyprus as well as that relating to a series of violations of the rights of enclaved Greek Cypriots.

In a resolution, adopted in Strasbourg, the PACE plenary also noted that the issue of displaced persons property is a source of concern too.

The resolution regarding the ''Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights'', presented by Dutch MP Erik Junkens, rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, said the Assembly attached particular importance to measures adopted or yet to be taken following the Strasbourg Courts judgments as they should constitute contribution to a comprehensive solution on the Cyprus issue.

Mr. Junkens noted that the issue of Turkey's compliance with the Court's judgments in various fields has in the past called for Assembly's special attention and overall progress achieved to date is most encouraging.

He added that additional progress is however notably awaited to prevent new violations of the right to freedom of expression in Turkey as doubts still remain as to whether the authorities interpret the new provisions in conformity with ECHR.

The resolution called upon the member states to set up domestic mechanisms for the speedy implementation of the Courts judgments and a body at the highest political level that will take full responsibility for and coordinate all aspects of the domestic implementation process.

It also urged in particular the authorities of Greece, Italy, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Ukraine to provide top political priority and to resolve implementation issues of particular importance mentioned in the present resolution.

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