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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-10-02

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    The issue of the Turkish embargo against ships flying the Cyprus flag was the focus of attention during the meeting of Secretary General of the Cyprus Shipping Council Thomas Kazakos with British MPs Andrew Dismore and Viredra Sharma, members of the UK parliamentary committee ``Friends of Cyprus``. Kazakos has told CNA that the two MPs were informed on the problem faced by Cyprus and the EU in general by the continuing Turkish ban on ships flying the Cyprus flag, in an effort to better formulate the positions they will be presenting at the House of Commons on the Cyprus problem and the need for a solution.

    ``We gave them all the information they requested and we will give them further information of a technical nature very soon,`` he said, noting that they would be launching ``a significant effort to clearly raise the issue of the adverse consequences this embargo has on the Cypriot economy and the shipping industry, as well as European financial and maritime issues, and maybe at a later stage on Turkish commercial interests.`` Kazakos noted that the longstanding effort of the ``Friends of Cyprus`` aimed at promoting the Cyprus problem and the consequences of its non solution.

    He furthermore referred to the meeting the Council had on Monday with MEPs members of the European Parliament Transport Committee who unanimously said the Turkish embargo was a non negotiable matter for the EU and should be lifted immediately if Turkey wished to have a European future. Kazakos said that during the meeting the situation concerning Cyprus` shipping and maritime was presented, with emphasis on the infrastructure, ship owning and ship management.


    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on all states members to the Convention on the Human Rights to refrain from putting pressure on applicants in a bid to prevent them from submitting appeals to the European Court of Human Rights, expressing ``deep concern`` over illicit pressure, intimidation by member-states to individuals aspiring to appeal to the ECHR.

    ``As all states parties to the Convention have undertaken not to hinder in any way the effective exercise of the right of individual applications (Article 34 of the Convention), the Assembly is deeply worried about the fact that a number of cases involving the alleged killing, disappearance, beating or threatening of applicants initiating cases before the Court have still have not been fully and effectively investigated by the competent authorities,`` the resolution approved unanimously by PACE notes, adding that ``on the contrary, in a significant number of cases there are clear signs of a lack of willingness to effectively investigate the allegations and in some cases the intention of whitewashing is clearly apparent.``

    Rapporteur of the resolution entitled ``Member-states` duty to cooperate with ECHR``, Cypriot MP Christos Pourgourides told CNA that this resolution is a ``clear warning to those countries which unfortunately continue to create impediments in the efforts of their citizens to protect their human rights.`` He added that the countries referred to by the resolution are the Russian Federation and Turkey.

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