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Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations speaks up about Turkey's human rights violations in Cyprus
2011-10-31 13:58:25

Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael, condemned Turkey’s violations of human rights in Cyprusin a speech he gave last week before the Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Ambassador Hadjimichael stated that in addition to violating Cyprus’ independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Turkey violated Cypriots' basic human rights and fundamental freedoms in 1974.

He also noted that in relation to its population, Cyprus has the highest percentage of displaced persons in the world. The Permanent Representative added that since 1974, the UN has adopted a series of important resolutions, calling on Turkey to respect its obligations under international law.

However, as he pointed out, Turkey continues to commit mass violations of human rights in Cyprus by maintaining the division of its people and its territory by force and by having forcibly displaced almost one third of the population, as well as by illegally exploiting Greek Cypriot properties.

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