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House hails EP resolution on remains of missing and compensation

The European Parliament passed a resolution urging Turkish authorities to stop removing remains from mass graves

THE House has welcomed a resolution earlier yesterday by the European Parliament urging Turkish authorities to stop removing remains from mass graves found in the occupied part of Cyprus and to compensate the families of the missing persons.

In its resolution, the EP condemned the “relocation” that took place in the village of Ornithi – where four burial sites were disinterred, two of which were the sites of mass graves. Evidence suggests these graves had been previously exhumed and the remains of 71 missing civilians intentionally removed. The EP said this was “a great disrespect to the missing persons and a gross violation of the rights of their families to finally know the real conditions of the deaths of their loved ones.”

MEPs called for the immediate and complete verification of the fate of the missing persons and urged the Turkish government “to immediately cease removal of the remains from the mass graves and to comply with international law, international humanitarian law and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments” and “to fully implement its obligation following the decision of the ECHR to compensate the families of the missing persons.”

The EP resolution was passed by 543 votes, to 43, with 62 abstentions.

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