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Media Watch 2005

19 May 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 18 May 2005
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"PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday urged European leaders to re-evaluate the practical execution of judgements by the European Court of Human Rights, saying it was an urgent task..."

PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday urged European leaders to re-evaluate the practical execution of judgements by the European Court of Human Rights, saying it was an urgent task.

Addressing the Third Summit of the Council of Europe, taking place in Warsaw, Papadopoulos said that human rights should be placed beyond any internally or internationally expressed will of states.

“We must now re-evaluate the practical application of our collective duty to enforce human rights and our most urgent task is to address the long-standing fundamental question of the execution of the Court's judgments,” he said.

“The execution of all judgments, within a reasonable timeframe, is indispensable for the credibility of the Convention. We must finally react to this acute problem and our response must be immediate and courageous. Failure to address this effectively will undermine the achievements of the last 50 years and put at risk the very foundations of European human rights protection.”

Papadopoulos was indirectly referring to the case of Greek Cypriot refugee Titina Loizidou, who won a case against Turkey for denial of access to her property in Kyrenia. She has yet to receive compensation from Turkey.

”Cypriots are particularly sensitive when it comes to safeguarding and further promoting the achievements and common values of the Council of Europe,” said Papadopoulos.

“Our recent history has been marked by grave violations of fundamental human rights of our citizens…there is an urgent need for restoration and respect of human rights of all Cypriots. It is my firm belief that the contemporary aspirations of the parties involved in the Cyprus problem can and should contribute towards restoration of human rights on the island.”

He said he would spare no effort to achieve this."