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EBLUL Calls on Greece to Respect ECHR's Decision
on the Home
of Macedonian Culture
May 17, 2005
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Naoussa (Negush) -- The Greek Member State Committee of the European
Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) witnessed with mixed emotions
the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Kostas Karamanlis addressing the
Council of Europe's (CoE) Summit in Warsaw.
Mr. Karamanlis stressed that the main topic of his talks with
his European counterparts was -- among other things -- the big
challenges of our time, such as the protection of minorities.
While referring to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), he
specifically claimed that "..the disrespect and the refusal
of certain countries to immediately and unconditionally implement
the Court's rulings ... jeopardize not only its reliability but also
human rights in Europe."
No one could really disagree with the above. However, for
yet again, a Greek state official of the highest level has
made a selective remark to the so- called "Loizidou
Case". In other words, indirectly but at the same time
plainly accusing Turkey for putting in a 2-year reprieve
of its conviction on the above case from the ECHR.
Mr. Karamanlis must have forgotten or ignored that for almost 7
years now Greece remains stubbornly incompliant to a similar ECHR
ruling that obligates the Greek state to register a purely cultural
organization (Home of Macedonian Culture/Dom Na Makedonskata Kultura).
Isn't this attitude of "disrespect" and "refusal" regarding
the immediate implementation of an ECHR decision far more
glaring than the "Loizidou Case"? Doesn't it not
also jeopardize the reliability of the Court and violate
The Greek Member State Committee of the European Bureau for
Lesser Used Languages calls on Mr. Karamanlis to simply carry
into effect what he categorically stated. To immediately
and unconditionally respect ECHR's decisions regarding Greece,
contributing at the same time to the enhancement of its role
that he aims too.
EBLUL additionally urges Mr. Karamanlis to encourage the ratification
and implementation of CoE's Framework Conventions that Greece signed
a long time ago, if he truly wants what he expressed before the Summit
in the most articulate way: the protection of minorities, human rights
and democratic principles.
President of GMSC of EBLUL