Irish experience can help reconciliation in Cyprus

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the experience of the Irish peace process can help reconciliation in Cyprus.

Speaking in the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said;

“There are many similarities between Cyprus and Ireland; both are island nations that suffer from the legacy of partition, foreign occupation and conflict.

“Truth and reconciliation are just as important to Cyprus as they are in Ireland.

“The European Court of Human Rights in its judgement with regard to missing persons in Cyprus held that Turkish authorities failed to conduct an effective investigation in violation of international human rights laws.

“Let me be absolutely clear, the killing and secret burial of Cypriots by the Turkish military was wrong, as was the practise of secret burials during the conflict in Ireland.

“All efforts must be made to locate the bodies of those still missing, just as republicans have co-operated with the Commission for the Location of Victims Remains and made public calls for anyone with information to come forward.

“For reconciliation to take place in Cyprus, Turkey must reveal the truth on the missing people, and in relation to the further crime of the relocation of victims’ remains by Turkish authorities.

“An effective investigation is needed and must ensure that Turkey complies with its human rights obligations.”