The European Parliament of the European Union.

RESOLUTION 15.12.88
condemning the destruction of cultural heritage in the Cypriot territory occupied by Turkey

The European Parliament,

  1. Having regard to its resolution on the situation in Cyprus of 20 May 1988 (COSTEFLORET report, Doc. A 2-317/87),
  2. Stressing how important it is for the peoples of Europe and European culture that the Christian and Hellenic culture which has developed in Cyprus over 9000 years be protected and safeguarded,
  3. Deeply concerned at the continued destruction and pillaging of the Christian and Hellenic cultural heritage in the occupied territories in Cyprus,
  4. Condemns the continued destruction and pillaging of the Christian and Hellenic cultural heritage in the occupied territories;
  5. Calls on the Council of Ministers, pursuant to paragraph 10 of the European Parliament's resolution to take appropriate measures immediately to ensure that the Turkish authorities and the representatives of the Turkish-Cypriot community agree to entrust to UNESCO the task of protecting the Christian and Hellenic cultural heritage in the occupied part of the island;
  6. Considers that, if Turkey wishes to strengthen its ties with the European Communities, it should, inter alia, in keeping with the conventions and principles of international law, respect what is a profoundly European cultural heritage;
  7. Instructs its President to forward this written declaration to the Council of Ministers, the governments of Turkey and Cyprus and UNESCO.

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