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Media Watch 2004

30 January 2004
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following leader article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 30 January 2004.
Emphasis on human rights


PRESIDENT Papadopoulos hit the nail on the head in his address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) this week by appealing to it to help in ending Turkey's human rights violations in Cyprus.

"We must not stand by, impotent to act, while member states blatantly disregard the judgements of the (Human Rights) Court,'' he said, referring to Turkey's refusal to implement the judgements of the Court, affirming the rights of the Greek Cypriot refugees to return and to repossess their properties in northern Cyprus.

Driving his point home, he said that "no state should be allowed, under the pretext of various political considerations or political expediencies to deny the obligations accepted unconditionally upon membership."

His inference is perfectly clear, if Turkey continues with its contempt of the court the only option for the CoE is to kick it out of the organisation. It is regrettable, to say the least, however, that the members of PACE showed no such inclination as evidenced by the resolution they adopted on the situation in Cyprus.

The debate on Cyprus, and the adoption of the resolution, presented a unique opportunity for PACE to warn Turkey that, if it continued to reject the Court's judgements in the case of Titina Loizidou and other cases, the only option left to PACE would be to vote for its expulsion.

PACE not only refused to adopt such an approach, it did not even refer to Turkey's refusal to implement the judgement and ignored Papadopoulos' appeal.

The only option left for Cyprus is to intensify its "enlightenment" effort to inform the European public of the hypocrisy of PACE in view of its refusal to punish Turkey both for the continuing violation of human rights in Cyprus and for it's contempt of the CoE Rights Court.

The least that Cyprus should do is to take paid advertisements in leading European newspapers informing the European public of the situation in the hope that the resulting public outcry would force the European governments to take the action they should have taken against Turkey, expulsion from the CoE, a long time ago."