Cypriot MP speaks up for protection of cultural property in PACE

Head of the Cypriot delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), MP Stella Kyriakidou has spoken up in support of a draft Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property.

Addressing the plenary Kyriakidou, in Strasbourg, said that the Convention will remedy current legal weaknesses and gaps in the criminal prosecution of perpetrators while at the same time significantly enhancing the measures on international cooperation for the protection of cultural heritage from looting, illegal trafficking and illicit trade of antiquities, a House of Representatives press release issued here today says.

The Cypriot MP also pointed out that when cultural goods are destroyed as was the case in Cyprus it is in essence the values and principles of the culture itself which are under attack.

She added that the protection of cultural heritage constitutes a priority of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the CoE Committee of Ministers.

She further expressed the hope that during a Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe set to take place in Cyprus in May, the list of signatories for the Convention will be launched..

According to the press release the Bureau of PACE, also resolved that it has no confidence in Pedro Agramunt as President of the Assembly.

Source: Cyprus News Agency