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Council of Europe Ministers adopt interim resolution on Cyprus vs Turkey case
2007-04-12 12:45:54

Nicosia, Apr 10 - The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a second interim resolution concerning the execution of a judgment, in May 2001, by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus against Turkey.

The Court had found a number of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by Turkey in the area of Cyprus which is under control since Ankara’s invasion in 1974.

As regards the issue of missing persons, the Committee emphasizes again the urgency of this issue, welcomes the progress achieved in the work of the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) and in particular through the exhumation and identification program, and encourages the continuation of the efforts so far deployed.

However it calls on Turkey to rapidly provide information on additional measures required to ensure the effective investigation called for by the Court’s judgment.

As regards education, censorship in the occupied area and the absence of appropriate facilities, the Committee welcomes “the continued functioning of the secondary school in Rizokarpaso since 2004 and in particular the fact that since September 2005 full secondary education to Greek Cypriot children is ensured”.

Referring to issues relating to home and property of Greek – Cypriot displaced persons, the Committee urges the Turkish authorities to provide without delay information, as well as information on measures taken to safeguard the property rights of the displaced persons without prejudging the redress required by the Convention, be it restitution, compensation, exchange or otherwise.

The first Interim Resolution was adopted in 2005.

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