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Media Watch 2005

13 May 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following leader article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 13 May 2005.
Double talk from Rehn
"But if Turkey has to comply with the Court's verdict on the Ocalan case, because the Court is "a fundamental implementor of Human Rights and the rule of law,'' why doesn't this apply equally in the case of Cyprus? It can only be said that Cyprus is dismally disappointed with this double-standard approach and the insistence by the EU Commission that politics take precedence over the decisions of the Rights Court. Why have a court in the first place, if this is the case?"

ASKED his reaction to yesterday's decision by the European Court of Human Rights that asked Turkey to arrange a fresh trial for Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, EU Commissioner Olli Rehn replied that: "The European Court of Human Rights is a core European institution and a fundamental implementor of Human Rights and the rule of law. It is evident that Turkey will have to comply.''

Yet a little later, when asked why the EU does not ensure that Turkey also comply with the decisions of the same court that back the restitution right of the Greek Cypriot refugees, Rehn waffled. He said that these decisions "were not enforceable because of the political situation and division of the island,'' and that it was consequently necessary to concentrate on what he described as "a compromise settlement.''

But if Turkey has to comply with the Court's verdict on the Ocalan case, because the Court is "a fundamental implementor of Human Rights and the rule of law,'' why doesn't this apply equally in the case of Cyprus?

It can only be said that Cyprus is dismally disappointed with this double-standard approach and the insistence by the EU Commission that politics take precedence over the decisions of the Rights Court.

Why have a court in the first place, if this is the case?"