Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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30 March 2007
Europarliament asks resolution on 1974 invasion's 'missing'
London--"Lobby for Cyprus has long sought a thorough investigation of the missing persons from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus," said Nick Kounoupias, Lobby spokesman, "and it would appear that the recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament will finally resolve the matter."

London--"Lobby for Cyprus has long sought a thorough investigation of the missing persons from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus," said Nick Kounoupias, Lobby spokesman, "and it would appear that the recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament will finally resolve the matter."

The resolution "called on all parties concerned to cooperate sincerely on a speedy completion of the appropriate investigations into the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus after the Turkish military invasion of 1974."

The resolution had the support of all the political groups in the European Parliament and was an initiative of Cypriot MEP Panayiotis Demetriou who, during his intervention in the plenary, had underlined the importance of looking into the matter from its strictly humanitarian aspect.

''The issue of the missing persons in Cyprus is exclusively a humanitarian one and it needs to be kept away from political tactics," he said, adding that "their relatives have the fundamental right to find out what has happened to them."

The European Parliament also calls on the parties concerned and all those who have any information regarding the missing persons to pass it on to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus without any further delay.

According to Cypriot sources, there are 0000 Cypriots who are still missing and who have never been accounted for by the Turkish government despite resolutions by the United Nations and the European Union.

In May 2001, the European Court of Unman Rights found Ankara guilty of violating the rights of the relatives of missing persons because of its refusal to inform them of their fate, thus violating Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation working for the reunification of Cyprus by demanding the removal of Turkey's 40,000-man army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists who have been imported to change the demographics of the illegally-occupied north of the island, and the return of all refugees to their homes.