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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-10-07

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

Thursday, 7 October 1999

  • [01] Council of Europe strongly urges Turkey to compensate Titina Loizidou
  • [02] Papandreou: The Council of Europe is the guarantor of the protection of human rights and principles of international law.
  • [03] European Parliament calls on Turkey to contribute actively to the search for a settlement in Cyprus
  • [04] President Clerides meets with Greek Deputy Defence Minister
  • [05] Presentation of Credentials.

    [01] P>

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted an interim resolution yesterday, which strongly urges Turkey to comply with the European Court of Human Rights decision calling on Ankara to pay the compensation to the Greek Cypriot refugee Titina Loizidou for denying her the right to accede to and peacefully enjoy her property.

    According to the resolution, the Committee of Ministers stressing the obligation undertaken by all contracting States to abide by the judgements of the Court in accordance with Article 53 of the European Convention on Human Rights;

    "Strongly urges Turkey to review its position and to pay the just satisfaction awarded in this case in accordance with the conditions set out by the European Court of Human Rights so as to ensure that Turkey as a High Contracting Party meets its obligations under the Convention".

    [02] P>

    "With the adoption of the resolution by the Committee of Ministers on the Loizidou case, it is reaffirmed that the Council of Europe, beyond any expediency, is the guarantor of the protection of human rights and principles of international law," the Foreign Minister of Greece Mr George Papandreou stated yesterday.

    Welcoming the resolution, Mr Papandreou pointed out that the decision is an extremely important development from the legal as well as from a political point of view and that it will influence the developments of the Cyprus problem and Turkey's EU accession course.

    "All this time we have struggled with the Cyprus government for the respect of human rights and international law, principles on which Greek Foreign policy relies", he said.

    In conclusion, Mr Papandreou stressed that Turkey must honour the status of a member state of the Council of Europe and prove by its compliance with the European Court's decision that it wishes to join the large democratic European family.

    [03] P>

    The European Parliament has called upon Turkey to contribute actively to the search for a settlement in Cyprus on the basis of UN resolutions without jeopardising the Cyprus EU accession negotiations.

    In a resolution on Turkey adopted yesterday, the European Parliament "urges the Turkish authorities once again to contribute actively to finding a political solution to the Cyprus issue on the basis of the acceptance and implementation of the relevant UN resolutions, independently of the uninterrupted continuation of the negotiations on accession to the European Union".

    The European Parliament also stresses that "Turkey is still far away from meeting the Copenhagen Criteria", the democratic deficits have still not been eliminated and there remains a need for lasting reform, notably with regard to the rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.

    Nevertheless "it reaffirms Turkey's eligibility to apply for membership of the European Union and believes that its membership will be an important contribution to the future development of the European Union and to peace and security in Europe".

    The resolution was adopted by 259 votes in favour, 187 against and 84 abstentions.

    [04] P>

    The President of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides received yesterday at the Presidential Palace Greek Deputy Defence Minister Mr Demetris Apostolakis who is in Cyprus on an official visit, after an invitation of the Cyprus Minister of Defence.

    During the meeting they discussed the political situation and defence matters.

    [05] P>

    The Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States Mrs Erato Kozakou Markoulli has also been accredited as the Republic's Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Brazil.

    Mrs Markoulli presented her credentials yesterday to Brazil's President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.


    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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