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Cyprus to Appeal to ECHR Over Turkish Actor Attila Olgac's Confession
2009-01-28 14:03:46

Nicosia, Jan 27 - The Cypriot government has decided to raise to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers Attila Olgac's confession that he killed ten Greek Cypriots during the 1974 Turkish invasion to Cyprus as well as to lodge an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou announced on Tuesday.

Mr. Olgac, a Turkish actor told a live TV show in Turkey last Wednesday that during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus he killed ten Greek Cypriots, one of them a 19-year-old soldier, taken prisoner of war, who was killed in cold blood. Mr. Olgac subsequently retracted his confession, claiming he was actually talking about a film scenario.

Mr. Olgac's confession was discussed during a meeting between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Cyprus Attorney-General Petros Clerides.

“During the meeting it was decided that the issue will be brought to the CoE's Committee of Ministers in the framework of 4th interstate application of Cyprus against Turkey, and at the same time to appeal to the ECHR,” the Spokesman said.

He added that the government in cooperation with the House of Representatives would discuss the exploitation of this confession both the in European Parliament and in other international fora with which the Cypriot parliament is related.

“The main aim of these actions is to use this issue for assisting the task of the determination of the fate of the missing persons,” Mr. Stefanou said replying to a question.

In 2001 the ECHR in the fourth interstate application of Cyprus against Turkey, Ankara was found guilty of continuous gross human rights violations in Cyprus, as a result of the occupation by some 30,000 Turkish troops of the island's northern part, since Turkey invaded it in 1974.

“There are decisions from the ECHR on what Turkey has to do regarding the determination of the fate of the missing persons,” the Spokesman concluded.

In addition, responding to a question submitted by Cypriot EMP Yiannakis Matsis, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said that “this is a tragic and shameful story in clear breach of the Geneva Convention”.

The Cypriot EMP had sent Mr. Rehn the audiovisual material with Olgac’s confession along with his retraction as well.

The relevant material was also sent to the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Javier Solana.

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