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Media Watch 2003

02 September 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 2 September 2003The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 2 September 2003.
UNFICYP working to solve enclaved school crisis

UNFICYP said yesterday it was doing everything in its power to find a solution after the occupation regime expelled two Greek Cypriot primary teachers from the enclaved school in occupied Rizokarpasso.

Husband and wife team Alexia and Grigori Koukotsika went to the village at the weekend to prepare for the opening of the school year, but found themselves kicked out, a week before the beginning of the academic year. The authorities in the north said they had not approved the names.

Commenting on the issue yesterday, UNFICYP chief of Mission Zbigniew Wlosowicz said: “We are in touch with the authorities in the north and we are trying to pay good offices. We hope we will manage to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.” He added that UNFICYP was in “constant touch” with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this issue. He was speaking after a meeting with Foreign Minister Permanent Secretary Sotos Zacheos, who said the new Director for the Cyprus Problem at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Marcoulli had spoken with the Italian presidency of the EU regarding the issue.

The government yesterday said it had made representations to the UN over the incident.
All the political parties on the island condemned the expulsion and House President Demetris Christofias said: “it must be internationally condemned”.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said the regime in the north continued to violate obligations from the Third Vienna Agreement which provides that the enclaved should have a the right to education without restrictions.

He added that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash was also violating the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the 4th Interstate Application of Cyprus against Turkey, which said that Ankara violated the right to education in the Karpass peninsula.
“The government is taking all necessary measures through the UN, through contacts with UNFICYP, to oblige the occupation regime comply with its obligations deriving from the Third Vienna Convention and the ECHR decisions,” Chrysostomides said.

“The representations will continue and I hope that at the end we will secure the right to education for the children of Karpass”, he added.

Chrysostomides said that the government had submitted a list with new names of teachers willing to teach at Rizokarpasso and was expecting the ‘authorities’ in the north to reply.
He said that members of the Technical Chamber (ETEK) who had crossed to Rizokarpasso over the weekend to survey the damage to houses belonging to the enclaved were also expelled by the Denktash regime."