PACE adopts Resolution and Recommendation favouring displaced Cypriots

?he Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on Wednesday a Resolution that made reference to the rights of displaced Cypriots and proposed measures to alleviate their humanitarian needs.

According to a press release from the Parliament of Cyprus, PACE adopted yesterday the Resolution on the humanitarian needs and rights of internally displaced persons in Europe, along with a Recommendation.

The Assembly voted against all the amendments to the Resolution tabled by the Turkish delegation regarding Cyprus, apart from one, which was approved with a majority.

Head of the Cypriot delegation, Stella Kyriakides, argued against all the Turkish amendments to the Resolution and called on the members of PACE to reject them.

War crimes committed by Turkey in Cyprus during the 1974 invasion have resulted in uprooting and displacement of more than 282,000 people in Cyprus Kyriakides noted, according to the press release of the Parliament.

She stressed that the measures included in the resolution are conducive to creating a positive climate of trust between the two communities and to relieving the humanitarian needs of displaced Cypriots, but they do not put an end to the illegality and the faits accompli of the Turkish invasion and occupation.

Among other things, the Resolution called on the parties involved to continue supporting the work of the Committee on Missing Committee in Cyprus, providing all the relevant information to establish the fate of missing Cypriots.

It also encourages the two sides to return to the negotiating table with a view to a permanent solution to the Cyprus problem, that will cover the property issue.

The Assembly proposes opening of more crossing points as a confidence building measure between the communities and points out that a comprehensive restoration of the human rights of displaced persons in Cyprus will only result from a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, that will reunite the island and its people.

The Recommendation notes that member states are obliged to abide by the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights regarding compensation awarded in respect of the denial of the use and ownership of internally displaced persons’ property.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated UN-led efforts to reunite the island under a federal roof have not yielded results so far.

Source: Cyprus News Agency