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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-09-11

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    Cyprus has lodged an objection to a decision by the European Court of Human Rights to accept the appointment of two Turkish Cypriot judges, who are serving in the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, in northern Turkish occupied part of the country.

    We have filed an objection regarding this decision by the Third Section of the Chamber, Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas told CNA today, invited to give an initial reaction to the decision.

    Palmas, who indicated that there may be more comments on the part of the government on this issue, also said that the government of Cyprus respects judgments of the Court.

    The Third Section of the Chamber of the Court, comprising seven judges, took the decision on Thursday of last week and this was communicated to interested parties today.

    The Third Section of the Chamber rejected an objection by the Cyprus government concerning the participation of Mr M. Hakki and Mrs G. Eronen as the ad hoc judges designated by Turkey, the decision noted.

    The two Turkish Cypriots were put forward by Ankara, whose appointed judge to the Court had retired, as its representative judges to the European Court.

    Hakki has been appointed to hear 38 cases against Turkey relating to property of Greek Cypriots in Turkish occupied Cyprus and Eronen is set to hear 9 cases concerning the issue of missing persons in Cyprus.

    Turkey, which occupies Cyprus northern part since its troops invaded in 1974, has been found guilty of human rights violations in this part of Cyprus, in relation to property rights and the fate of missing persons as well as the rights of their relatives.

    The Court, in its rulings on different cases the Republic of Cyprus and individuals have filed against Turkey, has described the Turkish Cypriot regime as a local subordinate administration to Turkey.

    Ankara, the Court added, by virtue of the presence of its occupation troops exercises effective control in occupied Cyprus and is therefore responsible for what happens there.


    Talks between Cyprus and Malta have focused on the need for joint action to deal with the increasing number of illegal immigrants that flood these two countries, which joined the European Union in May 2004.

    We have compared notes and experiences and talked about working together within the EU, as we face similar problems and illegal immigration is not a Cypriot or a Maltese problem but a European one, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Home Affairs of Malta Tonio Borg said after a meeting with Interior Minister Christos Patsalides.

    Borg said that European assistance on this matter should move from mere financial aid to something more concrete, pointing out that burden sharing is ultimately the real alternative to dealing with this problem.

    He said he also discussed the FRONTEX operations in different areas in Europe, which help highlight the human tragedy of illegal immigration in central Mediterranean.


    A world known exhibition, entitled Vienna -the State of the Art: Architecture - Urban Preservation and Renewal, will be inaugurated in Nicosia on Thursday. The exhibition features roughly 140 objects, designed by Austrian architects and artists and reflects the key trends of contemporary Viennese architecture.

    A press release by the Austrian embassy in Cyprus says that the exhibition also shows how Vienna, in taking bold steps into the future, addresses its rich architectural legacy with care and delicacy. The exhibition has already been presented in a number of major European cities and it will be hosted in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, a city that also faces the challenges of combining ambitious urban renewal with preserving rich architectural heritage.

    The exhibition, which will run until the end of September 2007, will be inaugurated by Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou, Member of the Vienna City Government for Urban Development and Transport, Rudolf Schicker and Austrian Ambassador in Nicosia Dr Eva Hager.

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