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World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary
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Resolutions

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Resolutions and Position Statements

Resolutions passed at the 13th General Assembly of PADEE-WHIA held in Athens in July 2021 were are follows:

Voting rights for Greeks living abroad
That the 2021 WHIA General Assembly requests the Hellenic Parliament to enable eligible Greek citizens who are living aboard to exercise their right to vote at the next Greek general election from the places where they living without the necessity to return to Greece.
Return of the Parthenon Sculptures

a) The General Assembly expresses its profound regret at the continuing refusal of the British Government to engage with the Greek Government in meaningful dialogue and bilateral discussions for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

b) The General Assembly expresses regret that the British Museum purports to justify its continued retention of the Parthenon Sculptures by resort to historically tenuous claims in or to the effect that it is a universal museum and further that no part of its collection can be deaccessioned by virtue of its enabling legislation, the British Museum Act.

c) The General Assembly calls upon and urges the Greek Government to renew and prosecute all diplomatic, political, cultural and legal options available to Greece to secure the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

d) The General Assembly calls upon the British Government to introduce legislation to amend the British Museum Act to permit the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

e) The General Assembly calls upon all members of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association to use their best endeavors to promote and facilitate the cause of return of the Parthenon Sculptures with their respective governments and parliaments and legislatures and to lobby

and make direct representations to members of the UK Parliament and Ministry of Culture and to the British Museum.

Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone

That the 2021 WHIA General Assembly:

a) Calls on the government of the Republic of Turkey to immediately cease all exploration and other activity inside the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus;

b) Further calls on the Turkish government to immediately recognize the EEZ of Cyprus;

c) Calls on the international community, including the United Nations and the European Union to take action against Turkey, including the imposition of any sanctions or other restrictions, until the Turkish government recognizes the EEZ of Cyprus and commits to fully respecting the well-established international legal rights of the Republic of Cyprus within its EEZ.

The Cyprus Conflict

That the 2021 WHIA General Assembly:

a) Reject a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem and affirm its support for the creation of a single bizonal, bi-communal federarion, with a single nationality.

b) Calls upon the Turkish Government and the Turkish Cyrpriot authorities to immediate cancel plans to re-open Varosha and to cease all unproductive unilateral actions.

c) Reject Turkey’s accession to the European Union and further calls upon all EU member states to terminate formal accession negotiations with Turkey.

d) Calls upon all EU members states to reject Turkish participation, both formally and informally, in the Permanent Structured Cooperation Framework (PESCO).

e) Stand in solidarity with the people of Cyprus against Turkish aggression, provocation and unilateralism.

Support the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople

That the 2021 General Assembly:

a) Asks all its members to advocate in the countries where they are elected to work and lobby in the countries where they are elected as members in the countries where they are residing around the world to support the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople for their work on preserving the Orthodox Unity and to support its active role in the Ecumenical movement.

b) Declares our opposition on the Turkish decision of transforming the Unesco Heritage Site of Hagia Sophia to an Islamic Mosque.

c) Reaffirms its position supporting the Patriarchate of Jerusalem for all its actions taken to safeguard and preserve our Holly Sites specially in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and St. Saba’s Monastery. Congratulate and ask for the support of their Educational Department for the excellent work they are doing in the issue of coexisting in the context of different faith, culture, and unstable environment.

 

Resolutions passed at the 12th General Assembly of PADEE-WHIA held in Athens in July 2019 were are follows:

Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnerships
That the 2019 PADEE-WHIA General Assembly expresses its full support for the bipartisan Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 introduced by United States Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio that:
• Allows the United States of America to fully support the trilateral partnership between Greece, Israel and Cyprus;
• Lifts the prohibition of arms sales to the Republic of Cyprus;
• Impedes the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey for as long as Turkey continues with plans to purchase the S-400 air defense system from the Russian Federation;
• Authorises additional Foreign Military Financing assistance for Greece and additional International Military Education and Training assistance for both Greece and Cyprus.
Further, the General Assembly directs the Governing Board of the PADEE-WHIA to continue its endeavours to support the passage of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 through the United States Congress.
Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone
That the 2019 PADEE-WHIA General Assembly:
(a) Calls on the government of the Republic of Turkey to immediately cease all illegal exploration and other activity inside the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus;
(b) Further calls on the Turkish government to immediately recognise the Republic of Cyprus and its EEZ;
(c) Further calls on Turkey to immediately facilitate meaningful discussions to reunite Cyprus in accordance with United Nations resolutions so that all peoples of Cyprus may benefit from any discoveries within the Cypriot EEZ; and
(d) Calls on the international community, including the United Nations and the European Union to take strong action against Turkey, until such time as the Turkish government recognises the EEZ of Cyprus and commits to fully respecting the well-established international legal rights of the Republic of Cyprus within its EEZ.
Theological School of Halki
That the 2019 General Assembly:
(a) Recognises the Theological School of Halki as the pre-eminent theological seminary of Orthodox Christianity;
(b) Reaffirms its previous support for the immediate re-opening of this important theological seminary; and
(c) Congratulates the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, for his recent comments urging the government of the Republic of Turkey to immediately re-open the Halki seminary.
Voting rights for Greeks living abroad

That the 2019 PADEE-WHIA General Assembly calls on the newly elected government of Greece headed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to deliver on its election commitment to enable eligible Greek citizens who are registered to vote and who are living aboard to exercise their right to vote at the next Greek general election from the places where they live and work, without the necessity to return to Greece.

Greek minority in Albania
That the 2019 PADEE-WHIA General Assembly:
(a) Recognises the existence of a strong and vibrant Hellenic community within the Republic of Albania;
(b) Calls on the government of the Republic of Albania to respect the civil and human rights of all minorities in Albania, including the significant Hellenic minority;
(c) Calls on the newly elected Greek government to provide meaningful support and assistance to the Hellenic minority in Albania in partnership with the community leaders of this minority and in co-operation with PADEE-WHIA members in Albania; and
(d) Calls on the European Union to prioritise and safeguard the rights of minorities in Albania, including the Hellenic minority, as a pre-condition to any ascension talks between the European Union and Albania.
Life Preservation Accord

The World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association calls for the Victorian and Greek governments to establish a Life Preservation Accord to share knowledge and personnel to prevent, fight and help recovery and reconstruction from wildfire.

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