Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 01-08-14
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Tuesday, 14 August 2001
-  Turkish occupation an obstacle to peace
 Turkish occupation an obstacle to peace
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considers the
occupation by Turkey of 37 per cent of Cyprus/ terrritory "an obstacle to
peace and to the enjoyment of human rights" as well as an impediment to an
anti-discrimination strategy for the island as a whole.
The Committee in an extraordinary move, issued a decision, having
considered the Republic/s latest two periodic reports and called on the UN
to adopt measures required for the implementation of its relevant
resolutions and decisions.
Noting that "the occupation since 1974 by Turkish forces of 37 per cent of
the territory has caused the de facto separation of the various ethnic and
religious communities", the Committee pointed out that "this artificial
division is not only an obstacle to peace and the enjoyment of human rights
but impedes the construction of a progressive anti-discrimination strategy
for the island as a whole".
The Committee report was issued on 10 August and contained many positive
points concerning the situation in Cyprus as regards measures which have
been taken for the elimination of racial discrimination as well as a number
of observations on drawbacks and for additional measures that need to be
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