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Cyprus ‘globally honouring’ its Council of Europe obligations

Cyprus can be considered as “globally honouring” its obligations to the Council of Europe, according to an evaluation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which has also strongly welcomed the recent renewed impetus to peace talks on the island.

As part of a “periodic review”, carried out on groups of countries every four years and drawing on information from various monitoring mechanisms, the Assembly was assessing how far Cyprus complies with its statutory obligations as a member of the 47-nation human rights watchdog.

In its resolution, the Assembly encouraged President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akıncı to continue their efforts for peace talks and to work together on the issue of missing persons.

The Assembly said “sustained efforts” were needed to create a robust and coherent legal framework to combat corruption, and urged the authorities to further enhance the legal and administrative framework for irregular migrants and asylum seekers on the island.

It also expressed concern at reports of ill-treatment and overcrowding in prisons, and urged the authorities to develop a coherent strategy to tackle these issues.

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(*) The procedure currently applies to 34 of the Council’s 47 member states, the remaining 13 being subject to either a full monitoring procedure or “post-monitoring dialogue”.