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Famagusta Mayor informs EU Commissioner on refugees’ petition
2007-05-10 10:38:31

Nicosia, May 10 - Mayor of the Turkish-occupied town of Famagusta, Alexis Galanos, has sent a letter to EU Εnlargement Commissioner, Oli Rhen, informing him about the outcome of a signature campaign by Famagusta refugees calling for the historic town to be returned to its lawful citizens.

Mr. Galanos also informs the Commissioner about the collection of approximately 26,000 signatures, pointing out that with the addition of signatures from Cypriot citizens living abroad, the number wass expected to exceed 30,000.

In the letter, the Mayor includes a copy of the petition on the implementation of Security Council resolution 550 and the relevant provisions of an agreement in the late 70s between the late President of Cyprus Spyros Kyprianou and the then Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

He then stresses the expectation that the European Union and its representatives must demonstrate more sensitivity toward the historic European city of Famagusta.

Mr. Galanos notes that the citizens of Famagusta “know very well the international complexities and the relation between EU and Turkey, but believe that the city which is being destroyed day by day, is a great European tragedy.”

He adds that “it is completely unethical to sweep such a flagrant violation of human rights under the carpet, just because of other considerations”.

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