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Media Watch 2005

20 May 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
Author: Angelos Marcopoulos
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 20 May 2005.
Warsaw summiteers stress Human Rights basic for Cyprus settlement
"A Cyprus settlement must also be based on the respect of values and human rights principles that the pan-European summit conference staged here this week and must be promoted throughout Europe... CoE Secretary-General Terry Davis... summed up the general feeling in connection with a Cyprus settlement most aptly by saying only that "the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights must be implemented. Full stop!... "Respect for human rights is necessary both for the successful conclusion of the Cyprus talks, and for their start," said Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski... Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis echoed this view declaring that "it is imperative that the judgements of the Rights Court are executed immediately, fully and unconditionally by all member states." Any failure to comply, as in the case of Turkey which refuses to implement Court decisions dealing with the Greek Cypriot refugees right to restitution, "puts at risk the credibility of the Court," Caramanlis added."

A Cyprus settlement must also be based on the respect of values and human rights principles that that the pan-European summit conference staged here this week and must be promoted throughout Europe.
 
This was the clear conclusion drawn from interviews and exclusive statements to The Cyprus Weekly by participants at the conference of the 46 leaders of the member states of the Council of Europe.
 
CoE Secretary-General Terry Davis, speaking after his meeting with President Papadopoulos here, summed up the general feeling in connection with a Cyprus settlement most aptly by saying only that "the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights must be implemented. Full stop!
 
"Respect for human rights is necessary both for the successful conclusion of the Cyprus talks, and for their start," said Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. The Polish president, who recently visited Cyprus, said that he had communicated with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York and expected that "developments in connection with Cyprus over the next few days will be very important, very crucial for the situation.
 
"Conflicts leaving behind them a kind of `Black Hole' should not exist in modern Europe," Kwasniewski said in connection with Cyprus. He called for an EU policy to solve such issues.  Portuguese Foreign Minister Diego Freitas  do Amaral, whose country is next in line for the rotating presidency of the CoE, said that "Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law," will be the first priority of his country during it's tenure.
 
"We need to enhance the mechanisms that ensure the implementation of these values in those areas where it has not been possible so far,'' he said.
 
 Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis echoed this view declaring that "it is imperative that the judgements of the Rights Court are executed immediately, fully and unconditionally by all member states." Any failure to comply, as in the case of Turkey which refuses to implement Court decisions dealing with the Greek Cypriot refugees right to restitution, "puts at risk the credibility of the Court," Caramanlis added.
 
Cyprus was also expected to be among the international issues to be considered during yesterday's meeting in the French town of Nancy attended by French President Chirac,   German Chancellor Schroeder and President Kwasniewski of Poland."