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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-11-03

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CoE SECRETARY GENERAL - INTERVIEW
  • [02] EU - FINLAND - MEETINGS

  • [01] CoE SECRETARY GENERAL - INTERVIEW

    ``Justice delayed is justice denied``, says Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis, in an interview with CNA, on the non implementation of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions by Council of Europe member-states.

    Asked about the cases of Greek Cypriot pending before the ECHR, Davis referred to the judgment in the Xenides Arestis case delivered in December 2005, noting that the Court ``considered that Turkey had to introduce an effective remedy against violations of the European Convention on Human Rights identified in the Xenides Arestis case and in all other pending similar cases.``

    Davis said that ``the remedies have been introduced, and the Court is expected to examine their effectiveness shortly.``

    Referring to the Titina Loizidou case, Davis said ``the Committee of Ministers continues to examine the compliance with the judgment in the Loizidou case, but only with regard to individual measures, because the general question of property rights of displaced Greek Cypriots is followed up in the context of the Xenides Arestis case.``

    ``On the whole, I would say that there we have had some progress on this file, but a number of issues remain outstanding,`` Davis noted.

    Asked about Cyprus` 4th Interstate Appeal against Turkey, Davis said ``the Committee of Ministers has regularly examined this case since the judgment was delivered in May 2001,`` adding that ``it has noted progress on several points, especially related to the abolition of the excessive powers of the military courts and improvements in the rights to freedom of religion and of education.``

    [02] EU - FINLAND - MEETINGS

    Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja has said that efforts to find a solution that will enable the uninterrupted continuation of Turkey`s accession negotiations and improve the situation of both communities in Cyprus will continue, despite the fact that it has not been possible to arrange a meeting between the Finnish EU Presidency and all parties concerned before the European Commission`s next report on Turkey that will be issued on November 8.

    ``The Finnish EU Presidency has had discussions with all parties on issues concerning Turkey`s accession process and questions related to direct trade between the EU and the northern part of Cyprus. Our aim has been to find a solution that enables the uninterrupted continuation of Turkey`s accession negotiations and improves the situation of both communities in Cyprus``, Tuomioja said according to a press release issued by the Finnish Presidency.


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