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The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) announced on Friday Turkey had granted access to 30 suspected burial sites in military areas in the north without any time constraints.
The committee said in an announcement it was formally notified that Turkey had granted access for CMP excavation teams to 30 suspected burial sites in military areas in the north of Cyprus.
“No time constraint is attached to this decision and the excavation planning will be decided by CMP,” the announcement said.
Cyprus serial killer victim found in suitcase ‘is eight-year-old girl who was killed along with her mum’ by crazed Army officer
Cyprus serial killer victim found in suitcase ‘is eight-year-old girl who was killed along with her mum’ by crazed Army officer Credit: The Sun newspaper
The CMP members said they welcomed the decision which would accelerate the Committee’s humanitarian work.
The move comes after years of efforts by the CMP and the Cypriot government to get Turkey to grant access to such areas, but also a call by the Council of Europe.
In March, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe had urged Turkish authorities to assist the CMP in any way it could. During a meeting in Strasbourg, the body issued a decision in which it “deeply deplored the decision of Turkey not to participate in the discussions and urged the Turkish authorities to resume cooperation with the Committee.”
The Committee reiterated that “due to the passage of time, it remains urgent for the Turkish authorities to provide the CMP with all necessary assistance for it to continue to achieve tangible results as quickly as possible.”
It called upon the Turkish authorities to ensure that the CMP has “unhindered access to all areas of interest, including military zones, located in the northern part of Cyprus and to provide the CMP proprio motu [on its own initiative] with any information from the relevant archives, including military archives, in their possession on burial sites and places of possible relocation of remains.”
The Committee also said that despite its past pledges, Turkey refuses to open its military archives. The archives are believed to contain information on mass graves, as well as on the collection of bodies from battlefields in the summer of 1974, particularly around Kyrenia in the northern coast of Cyprus.
In its latest report on the annual progress report on Turkey’s EU accession process, the European Commission too said Ankara granting the CMP full access to all relevant archives and military areas had seen welcome developments, “but needs to be further expedited”.
Jean-Claude Juncker said he was “crystal clear” there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal, despite claims from several candidates in the U.K. Conservative leadership race that they will reopen talks with Brussels.
The European Commission president will meet Theresa May, who will be replaced as prime minister when a new Tory leader is elected this summer, ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday evening.
Arriving at the summit, where leaders, including May, will discuss the European election results and begin the process of choosing the next European Council and Commission presidents, Juncker said his view on Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement was unchanged: “There will be no renegotiation.”
Meanwhile Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel told the BBC that a renegotiation under a new British prime minister was “not how it’s going to work.”
Several contenders to succeed May have indicated they will seek to renegotiate. Brexiteer figurehead Boris Johnson has written in the Telegraph about striking “a good bargain” with Brussels, while keeping the option of no-deal on the table, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Tuesday that he wanted to form a new negotiating team including Brexiteer MPs, and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party to renegotiate the Irish backstop plan.
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who is also planning to run for the leadership, has said he will “fight for a fairer deal in Brussels with negotiations to change the backstop arrangements.”
Arriving in Brussels, May herself said that Brexit was now “a matter for my successor” but warned that the next prime minister would have to “find a way of addressing the very strongly held views on both sides of this issue, and to do that and get a majority in parliament.” The task, she said would require “compromise,” reiterating her view that the government should strive for a deal with the EU.
Asked whether she would play a role in selecting the new European Council and Commission presidents, May said the U.K would “continue to play a constructive role during the time of this extension of Article 50.”
AIWA! NO!|One predictable effect of President Donald Trump’s imposition of wide-ranging steel tariffs is that there’s a glut of steel in the market that isn’t going into the U.S. A lot of cheap steel has been flooding into the European Union, so the EU is now acting to stem the flow.
The EU started looking at its options in March last year and adopted provisional safeguards four months later. On Saturday, it will impose quotas in order to protect steel producers in Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, France, Slovakia and Slovenia, who are less than keen on having foreign steel dumped on their turf at low prices.
In effect, Trump’s tariffs has led the EU to take its own; his protectionism forced theirs.
The quotas, which will progressively increase, cover 26 categories of steel products where imports have been rising in recent years. They will run until mid-2021, unless circumstances change. Imports going above the quotas will incur a 25% tariff.
In regulation published Friday, the European Commission warned that the EU steel industry was “in a fragile situation and under the threat of serious injury if the increasing trend in imports continued with the ensuing price depression and profitability drop below sustainable levels.”