The European Parliament of the European Union.

RESOLUTION 12.7.1990
on the violation of human rights in Cyprus

The European Parliament,

  1. having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Cyprus,

b having regard to the statement on Cyprus issued at the European Council Meeting in Dublin on 25-26 June 1990,

c. whereas the European Parliament in its resolution of 15 March 1990 called for the immediate release of the five young Greek Cypriot men who were arrested by the Turkish occupying forces in the demilitarized zone and whereas one of these is still being illegally detained,

D. bearing in mind the debate in this House condemning the continuing lack of information of persons missing, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, following the invasion of the island by Turkish troops in 1974,

E. having regard to the measures taken by the so-called Turkish Cypriot state of Mr. Denktash, following the above statement by the European Council at the Dublin Summit and the submission of an official application for accession to the Community by the Republic of Cyprus, reacted immediately by closing the crossing points to the occupied territories and issuing statements aimed at undermining any chances of a dialogue,

F. aware that the breakdown of the intercommunal talks on Cyprus under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General resulted in enormous frustration and disappointment amongst the Cypriot people and conscious that such a frustration could have resulted in great conflict as it has done in other parts of the Middle East.

  1. Condemns the continuing flagrant violation of human rights in Cyprus and stresses the need to continue the intercommunal dialogue under the aegis of the UN Secretary-General.
  2. Calls for the immediate release of the young man still being illegally held by the Turkish occupying forces, the opening of the crossing points between the two communities of Cyprus and the immediate provision of information on the fate of persons missing following the invasion of Cyprus by Turkish forces in 1974,
  3. Welcomes the statement issued by the European Council Meeting in Dublin on 25-26 June and calls for the Community institutions to adapt their policies accordingly and to step up their efforts to promote a just and viable solution to the problem of restoring legitimacy in Cyprus.
  4. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Foreign Ministers Meeting in European Political Cooperation, the Government of the Member States, the Turkish Government and the Government of Cyprus.
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