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Report on Missing Persons Approved by European Parliament Committee
2008-04-03 13:49:44

Nicosia, Mar 29 - A European Parliament committee has approved by an absolute majority a report on missing persons in Cyprus.

The report by Euro MP Ewa Klamt, member of the European People’s Party, on missing persons in Cyprus has been adopted by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

According to a press release issued by Euro MP Panayiotis Demetriou, the report is expected to be endorsed by the plenary of the Parliament in April.

After that the European Parliament will make the necessary amendments to the European Union budget for 2009, in order to release financial assistance to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, which is engaged in efforts to establish the fate of those missing from the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities.

Ms. Klamt highlights in the report the importance of the CMP work and calls for further financial assistance by the European Commission for 2009.

In addition, Ms. Klamt refers to previous resolutions adopted on this issue by the European Parliament and the United Nations and to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

According to the report, the European Parliament empowers Klamt to take every possible measure in order to persuade the two sides, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, to cooperate constructively in the investigations into the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus.

Ms. Klamt’s report follows the resolution of the European Parliament, adopted in March 2007, which had been drafted and promoted by Mr. Demetriou.

A key point in the resolution adopted by the EP in March 2007 is that the issue of missing persons in Cyprus a purely humanitarian concern and has no political ramifications. This point is reflected in Ms. Klamt’s report as well.

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