FM Kasoulides informs CoE Secretary General on the issue of humanitarian assistance to the enclaved persons

FM Kasoulides informs CoE Secretary General on the issue of humanitarian assistance to the enclaved persons

With regards to the issue that has arisen from the refusal of the occupation regime to allow, from 01/10/2017, the transfer, through the Ledra Palace crossing point, and the delivery, by UNFICYP, of the humanitarian assistance to the enclaved persons, unless first “taxes and/or duties” are paid to the occupation regime, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides, informed through a letter, inter alia, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), Thorbjørn Jagland. This letter was delivered to the Secretary General by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Cyprus to the CoE.

At the first meeting of the Committee of Ministers (Deputies) of the CoE, following the delivery of the said letter, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the CoE, Spyros Attas, informed the Committee orally on the issue, briefly referring to the latest developments of the matter at hand and the manner in which it was handled by UNFICYP, which also issued a press statement.

During the same meeting, the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the CoE, in response to the comments of the Republic of Cyprus on the issue, expressed full support to the actions of the occupation regime and Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu, using the same rhetoric of the latter, attempting to make the argument that there are no enclaved persons in the occupied part of Cyprus, ignoring the fact that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its Judgment in the “4th Interstate Application of Cyprus v. Turkey”, clearly refers to the existence of enclaved persons in the areas of Cyprus under Turkish Military occupation, whose human rights continue to be violated.

“Turkey’s attitude at the CoE clearly illustrates that the actions of the occupation regime are fully directed by Turkey, confirming the fact that there is a “subordinate local administration” in the occupied areas, fully dependent on Turkey, in accordance with the ECHR Judgment on the “4th Interstate Application of Cyprus v. Turkey” (2001) and the ECHR Judgment in the case of “Loizidou v. Turkey” (1996 & 1998)”, the Foreign Ministry says in a statement.

“We call upon the international community to, once again, strongly condemn these unacceptable actions of the occupation regime and of Turkey, while exerting its influence on the immediate termination of such inhumane practices, particularly on issues of humanitarian nature, which are to the detriment of our enclaved people”, the statement concludes./IBNA