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European Parliament adopts resolution on missing persons in Cyprus
2007-03-15 11:43:44

Strasbourg, Mar 15 - The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on missing persons in Cyprus, calling all parties concerned to cooperate sincerely on a speedy completion of the appropriate investigations into the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus after the Turkish military invasion of 1974.

The European Parliament also calls on the parties concerned and all those who have any information regarding the missing persons to pass it on to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus without any further delay.

It then calls on the Council and the Commission to concern themselves actively with this problem, and to take all necessary steps, in cooperation with the United Nations Secretary General, to bring about implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the relevant UN and European Parliament resolutions.

The resolution foresees that the problem is referred to its appropriate committee of the European Parliament with a view to follow-up, in close cooperation with the Commission, and instructs the committee to report to it periodically, the first report to be submitted within six months.

The resolution had the support of all the political groups in the European Parliament and was an initiative of Cypriot MEP Panayiotis Demetriou (EPP-ED/CY) who, during his intervention in the plenary, had underlined the importance of looking into the matter from its strictly humanitarian aspect.

''The issue of the missing persons in Cyprus is exclusively a humanitarian one and it needs to be kept away from political tactics. Persons from both the G/C and the T/C communities are still missing and their relatives have the fundamental right to find out what has happened to them'', he noted.

He also expressed his deep appreciation towards the important work the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus has so far conducted as regards the exhumation and identification of remains and stressed the constructive cooperation between its Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot members.

The resolution was adopted in the light of press information regarding Christakis Georgiou, a Greek Cypriot who was five years old when he disappeared during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island and transferred to Turkey.

In May 2001, the ECHR found Ankara guilty of violating the rights of the relatives of missing persons because of its refusal to inform them of their fate, thus violating article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

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