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Postby insan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:09 pm

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe calls on Cyprus to adopt a structured policy to protect and promote the Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic languages on the island.

The position is outlined in the second report on the situation of minority languages in Cyprus. It has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts which monitors the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

It also proposes that Cyprus should also strengthen Cypriot Maronite Arabic-medium education and language courses and provide teacher training for Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic languages.

In detail, it is noted that the Representative of the Armenian Community demanded that any new constitution should recognize the minority groups as national minorities or communities in accordance with international legal instruments and not as religious groups as is the case at present.

The report encourages the authorities to make the funding procedure more transparent and to find a satisfactory solution to the allocation process of funds, in cooperation with the speakers. It also notes that any action plan should be embedded within a comprehensive language policy.

The Committee of Experts commends the authorities for initiating the process of codifying Cypriot Maronite Arabic which will enable its use in other areas of public life.

It also encourages the authorities to assist the Maronites in establishing a Culture and Youth Centre.

Furthermore, it regrets the termination of the annual Christmas television programme in Armenian and encourages the Cypriot authorities to facilitate the broadcasting of television programmes in Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic.

With regard to the Melkonian Educational Institute, the Committee of Experts asks the Cypriot authorities to provide further information on new developments on the issue and remained concerned about the future existence of Armenian education in Cyprus. It further underlines the need to provide teacher training in Armenian.

On the Turkish language, the Committee of Experts invites the Cypriot authorities to give more information on the situation of the Turkish language, noting that it would welcome more information on the use of Turkish in hospitals and public services in the next periodical report.

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Postby zan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:17 pm

I would not advise any of these groups to make ANY claims whilst still living in the "RoC".... :wink:
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Postby Get Real! » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:27 pm

zan wrote:I would not advise any of these groups to make ANY claims whilst still living in the "RoC".... :wink:

Would you advise them instead to call on their “mother countries” to come and “save” them and establish an ethnically cleansed “state” so as to later blame the RoC that it didn’t work out? :lol:
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Re: CoE calls on Cyprus to promote Armenian

Postby Oracle » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:49 pm

insan wrote:On the Turkish language, the Committee of Experts invites the Cypriot authorities to give more information on the situation of the Turkish language ...


Yes, allow me to update you. The Turkish language is no longer an Official language but since it remains the language of one of our many minorities; its preservation will be one of our prime objectives. Leaflets in Turkish will be issued upon request (to avoid wastage). Turkish will be available in schools, as a second language, alongside the other options such as Armenian, French, English etc.


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Postby zan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:53 pm

Get Real! wrote:
zan wrote:I would not advise any of these groups to make ANY claims whilst still living in the "RoC".... :wink:

Would you advise them instead to call on their “mother countries” to come and “save” them and establish an ethnically cleansed “state” so as to later blame the RoC that it didn’t work out? :lol:


It depends....If you attack them first and then enslave them and try to starve them out then they should do whatever is in their power.... :evil: :evil:
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Re: CoE calls on Cyprus to promote Armenian

Postby insan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:54 pm

Oracle wrote:
insan wrote:On the Turkish language, the Committee of Experts invites the Cypriot authorities to give more information on the situation of the Turkish language ...


Yes, allow me to update you. The Turkish language is no longer an Official language but since it remains the language of one of our many minorities; its preservation will be one of our prime objectives. Leaflets in Turkish will be issued upon request (to avoid wastage). Turkish will be available in schools, as a second language, alongside the other options such as Armenian, French, English etc.


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Ok, convey ur intentions to the Committe of the Experts if u have the balls. :lol:
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Postby insan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:10 pm

Our Gurbet minority also took place in the report.

Kurbetcha/ Romani14.In its first evaluation report (paragraphs 32 œ 33), the Committee of Experts had been informed tha tRoma in Cyprus referred to their language as Kurbetcha. The Committee of Experts was unable to receive any information on whether Roma still spoke Kurbetcha or any language other than Turkish and/or Greek and requested further information in the next periodical


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Postby insan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:41 pm

But is this the real issue? Note that the Maronites (and Armenians, and perhaps the Latins) do not ask for the bicommunal structure of the Republic to be changed but only their own designation from a ‘religious group’ to ‘ethnic group’, something that will make Cypriot governments legally bound to protect their language and culture, not just their civil and religious rights. Crucially, this problematic designation is enshrined in Article 2 of the Cyprus Constitution, which is not a Basic Article under the meaning of Article 182 and can indeed be amended.

There is no doubt in my mind that the designation ‘religious group’ in Article 2 of the Cyprus Constitution can be amended to ‘ethnic’ or ‘ethno-religious’ or ‘ethno-cultural’ group, and can be extended to the Roma, without affecting the bicommunal structure of the Republic. (I will leave aside the extent to which the post-1963 ‘laws of necessity’ have already suspended Basic Articles of the Constitution, like the Communal Chamber where the Representatives of the ‘religious groups’ had the right to vote, unlike the current nominal, non-voting status they have in the House of Representatives). This has not been picked up by the Council of Europe, and should be brought to their attention by interested parties and all those concerned with the promotion and protection of minority rights in Cyprus.


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Postby Piratis » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:18 pm

In detail, it is noted that the Representative of the Armenian Community demanded that any new constitution should recognize the minority groups as national minorities or communities in accordance with international legal instruments and not as religious groups as is the case at present.



We have absolutely no problems with the other minorities in Cyprus. They only minority which is creating problems is the Turkish minority, which is collaborating with foreign imperialists in order to have gains on the expense of all other Cypriots. We are all united against the Turkish aggression.


The constitution imposed on Cyprus by foreigners is indeed weird (to say the least). It should be changed and be made a normal constitution based on the standards that exist in all other democratic countries. All minorities, including the TCs, should be given the same status, that of national minorities, which is in accordance with international legal instruments.

I would also like to remind the TCs in this thread a few facts:

1) Most Armenians came to Cyprus in order to escape the Armenian Genocide that the Turks were commiting against them.

2) During the inter-communal conflict, the TCs not only attacked the GCs, but they also attacked the Armenians, whom they forced out of their district of Nicosia.

3) The Latin minority in Cyprus is so small because the Turks, when they conquered Cyprus, they killed or expelled almost all of them.
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Postby insan » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:48 pm

Piratis wrote:
In detail, it is noted that the Representative of the Armenian Community demanded that any new constitution should recognize the minority groups as national minorities or communities in accordance with international legal instruments and not as religious groups as is the case at present.



We have absolutely no problems with the other minorities in Cyprus. They only minority which is creating problems is the Turkish minority, which is collaborating with foreign imperialists in order to have gains on the expense of all other Cypriots. We are all united against the Turkish aggression.


The constitution imposed on Cyprus by foreigners is indeed weird (to say the least). It should be changed and be made a normal constitution based on the standards that exist in all other democratic countries. All minorities, including the TCs, should be given the same status, that of national minorities, which is in accordance with international legal instruments.

I would also like to remind the TCs in this thread a few facts:

1) Most Armenians came to Cyprus in order to escape the Armenian Genocide that the Turks were commiting against them.

2) During the inter-communal conflict, the TCs not only attacked the GCs, but they also attacked the Armenians, whom they forced out of their district of Nicosia.

3) The Latin minority in Cyprus is so small because the Turks, when they conquered Cyprus, they killed or expelled almost all of them.


Don't Chris or any other GC political parties have the ball to tell the whole world what u've stated above? In such a case; be sure Cyprus problem would politically be solved in just a few seconds. May God grant a president like u or Oracle to GC community.
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