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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-01-20

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

Thursday, 20 January 2000

  • [01] Protocol abolishing death penalty ratified
  • [02] Narcotics convention ratified
  • [03] Poos appointed European Parliament representative for Cyprus

    [01]

    Cyprus has ratified the sixth protocol of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which refers to the abolition of the death penalty.

    This protocol, which will come into effect on 1 February 2000, is the first legal document in international law which legally binds the parties to abolish the death sentence.

    Previously the death penalty had been reserved only for cases of high treason but had never been applied.

    [02]

    Cyprus submitted yesterday the document for the ratification of the Council of Europe agreement on illicit traffic by sea thus implementing Article 17 of the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotics Drugs and Phychotropic Substances.

    This agreement, which comes into effect for Cyprus on 1 March, provides for international cooperation between European states to combat illegal drug trafficking and sets out jurisdiction issues regarding the confiscating of such substances, the search on ships and the arrest of persons.

    [03]

    Euro MP Jacques Poos of Luxembourg was appointed yesterday representative of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament for Cyprus.

    Poos, who served as Foreign Minister of Luxembourg for a number of years, succeeds British Euro MP Pauline Green, who has resigned from her post at the European Parliament a few weeks ago.

    Poos will be monitoring and informing the Committee on Cyprus' accession course.


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


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