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Maronite Communities In Cyprus

EDM number 2097 in 2007-08, proposed by Alan Meale on 21/07/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Asylum, Ethnic groups, Europe and Religion and faith communities.

That this House notes that as a result of the tragic events connected with Turkey's illegal invasion of Cyprus in 1974, all four Maronite villages of Kormakitis, Asomatos, Karpasha and Ayia Marina lie isolated within the occupied Northern area of the island, that their communities, approximately 6,500 residents, have been dispersed asunder as refugees, having fled their homes, land and communities in fear of their lives; further notes that although agreements were reached in 2004 allowing border crossings to be eased, entry into Ayia Marina still remains prohibited, the village of Asomatos is only accessible on Sundays, for a period of up to three hours, whilst former Maronite properties in Karpasha village remain occupied by Turkish military officers who use them for their living quarters; and believes that urgent action by both the Government and the international community should be undertaken forthwith to facilitate the return of these communities to the villages to allow them to restore and maintain their vibrant cultural and religious identities.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.

Alan Meale21/07/2008MansfieldLabourProposed
Rudi Vis21/07/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSeconded
Edward O'Hara21/07/2008Knowsley SouthLabourSeconded
Bob Spink21/07/2008Castle PointUKIPSeconded
Martin Caton22/07/2008GowerLabourSeconded
John McDonnell22/07/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Alan Simpson22/07/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn22/07/2008Islington NorthLabourSigned
Ann Cryer22/07/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
David Drew22/07/2008StroudLabourSigned
Janet Anderson22/07/2008Rossendale and DarwenLabourSigned
John Leech22/07/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock06/10/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing06/10/2008Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSigned
Andrew Dismore06/10/2008HendonLabourSigned
David Lepper06/10/2008Brighton, PavilionLabourSigned
Jim Sheridan07/10/2008Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins07/10/2008Luton NorthLabourSigned
Mark Durkan07/10/2008FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
David Crausby08/10/2008Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Jim Devine08/10/2008LivingstonLabourSigned
Harry Cohen13/10/2008Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell14/10/2008Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Dan Rogerson14/10/2008North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley16/10/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Richard Younger-Ross20/10/2008TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
David Hamilton22/10/2008MidlothianLabourSigned
David Amess30/10/2008Southend WestConservativeSigned

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