Motion for a resolution - B6-0118/2007Motion for a resolution



to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure, by
on missing persons in Cyprus

Procedure : 2007/2533(RSP)
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European Parliament resolution on missing persons in Cyprus

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its resolutions B4-0669, 0679 and 0688/95[1] on the problem of missing persons in Cyprus,

–  having regard to the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly on Cyprus and the international initiatives taken to investigate the fate of the missing persons in Cyprus,

–  having regard to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 10 May 2001 (Case No 25781/94) concerning missing persons,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the problem of the missing persons (Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Greeks, Turks and others) is exclusively a humanitarian one deriving from the right of the relatives of missing persons to know their fate,

B.  whereas the great agony and suffering of the families of the missing persons, who have remained ignorant of their fate for decades, cannot continue any longer, and must finally come to an end,

C.  whereas the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus has been reactivated under the aegis of the UN Secretary-General, and progress, albeit slow, has been made with exhumation and identification of remains,

D.  whereas the European Parliament applauds the constructive cooperation between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot members of the CMP,

1.  Calls on the parties concerned to cooperate sincerely and honestly on a speedy completion of the appropriate investigations into the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus and to implement fully the relevant European Court for Human Rights judgment of May 2001;

2.  Calls on the parties concerned and all those who have, or are in a position to have, any information or evidence emanating from personal knowledge, archives, battlefield reports or records of detention places to pass it on to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) without any further delay;

3.  Calls on the Council and the Commission to concern themselves actively with this problem, providing inter alia financial assistance to the CMP, and to take all necessary steps, in cooperation with the United Nations Secretary-General, to bring about implementation of the aforesaid judgment of the ECHR and the relevant UN and European Parliament resolutions;

4.  Refers the problem to its appropriate committee with a view to follow-up, in close cooperation with the Commission, of developments on this issue, and instructs that committee to report to it periodically, the first report to be submitted within six months;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the governments of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom.