PAM urges its members to sign the Nicosia Convention

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) has adopted a resolution urging its members to sign and ratify as soon as possible the Nicosia Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property.

PAM is holding its 12th Plenary Session in Bucharest on 15 -16 February.

A press release of the Parliament said that the resolution was adopted in the context of a discussion held on a Report on the protection of cultural heritage in war zones, highlighting the need for international cooperation in combating organized illicit trafficking of cultural property.

The resolution incorporates a draft amendment of the Cypriot delegation, that welcomes the signing of the Nicosia Convention, the Council of Europe’s Convention on Offenses relating to Cultural Property and the only international treaty dealing with the criminalisation of the illicit trafficking of cultural property.

The Parliament of Cyprus took part in the Plenary Session with a four-member delegation comprising MPs Georgios Georgiou, George Georgiou, Christos Orphanidis and Charalampos Theopemptou.

Cypriot MP Kyriakos Hadjigiannis also attended the Plenary Session as the Commissions Rapporteur on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Source: Cyprus News Agency