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Media Watch 2004

10 October 2004
Source: Sunday Mail
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Sunday Mail of Nicosia on 10 October 2004 written by a staff reporter.
Papadopoulos: solution must respect right of return
"PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday the government would not abandon the rights of its citizens as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had confirmed them."

PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday the government would not abandon the rights of its citizens as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had confirmed them.

Addressing a Seminar on International Law and Human Rights in Limassol, Papadopoulos said the safeguarding of human rights was a fundamental prerequisite for the permanent and peaceful solution of political problems.

He added Cyprus was a victim of violation of fundamental principles of international law through the Turkish invasion in 1974 and the occupation of its northern third by Turkish troops.

“A large part of the Cypriot population was a victim of mass and organised human rights violations by these troops and this situation continues,” he said.

The president also informed the seminar’s participants on the appeals made to the ECHR by the Cyprus Republic against Turkey.

He said that the CoE’s Human Rights Committee in three interstate appeals ascertained violations of the European Convention on Human Rights due to Turkey’s refusal to allow approximately 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees to return to their homes in Turkish occupied areas, while it had also ascertained the inhuman treatment of Greek Cypriots which led to their ousting from the northern part of the island, deprivation of their properties, and denial of information regarding the persons missing since the Turkish invasion.

He added: “We will not abandon the rights of the Cypriots citizens, as they were confirmed by the European Court, and we will not accept any settlement which will not be in line with the respect of the human rights of all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the fair solution of property issues, according to the ECHR’s decision, and the respect of the refugees' right to return to their properties.”"