Cypriot Missing Persons Memorial Tree in European Parliament

The Cypriot Missing Persons Memorial Tree in the European ParliamentBy E. Adamandopoulou
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), took part in anti-occupation events organized by Cyprus MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou (DIKO, S&D) in Brussels. The events promoted the importance of a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem, along with a recognition of the rights of the families of missing persons to be informed about what happened to their loved ones. The events took place on December 10, United Nations International Human Rights Day.
The Cypriot Missing Persons Memorial Tree was set up in a prominent location in the European Parliament (Karamanli Bridge), and was decorated with photographs and messages by MEPs. In the event named “One more Christmas…with unfulfilled expectations for Cyprus,” MEPs recited anti-occupation poems by Cypriot poets such as Roula Ioannidou-Stavrou, Dimitris Lipertis and Evagoras Pallikarides, among others, while the municipal choir of Strovolos honored the missing with songs and Christmas carols.
The photographic exhibition of the violation of the cultural heritage of Morphou city and the occupation of villages in the district was also fascinating. MEPs, officials, visitors and employees regularly visit the exhibition which also has brochures available in many languages.
The events were attended by Mayor Charalambos Pittas, members of Morphou City Council, the President of the occupied districts communities, representatives of the Committee on Missing Persons, along with Cypriot guests. Greek and Cypriot MEPs also attended, along with those from other European countries including Cecilia Wikstrom, Angelika Werthmann and Charles Tannock.

Mrs. Papadopoulou said that she was extremely pleased that the exhibition had been such a success and underlined that despite the current difficulties, Cyprus’ fight for freedom and the rights of the missing continues, and that Cypriots claim their inalienable human right to live freely in their homeland, like every European citizen.