Reservations and Declarations for Treaty No.148 - European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Nature of declaration : Declarations, Denunciations, Derogations
Status as of 01/12/2020

Cyprus

Declaration contained in a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Cyprus, dated 5 November 2008, registered at the Secretariat General on 12 November 2008 – Or. Engl.

Further to its Declaration of 3 August 2005, the Republic of Cyprus declares that the Cypriot Maronite Arabic is a language within the meaning of the European Charter for Regional on Minority Languages, to which it will apply the provisions of Part II of the Charter in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1.

In doing so, the Republic of Cyprus further declares that, since the Cypriot Maronite Arabic is also used in the village of Kormakitis, cradle of the said language, situated in an area of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus under Turkish military occupation since 1974 in which the Republic does not exercise effective control, it excludes any interpretation of the Charter's provision in this regard that would be contrary to it, particularly its Article 5.
Period covered: 12/11/2008 -
Articles concerned : 5, 2

Declaration contained in a letter from the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Representation of Cyprus, dated 3 August 2005, registered at the Secretariat General on 4 August 2005 - Or. Engl.

In ratifying the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the Republic of Cyprus deposited on 26 August 2002, a declaration which appears to be incompatible with the provisions of the Charter on undertakings to be applied by it.

In order to remove uncertainty and clarify the extent of the obligations undertaken, the Republic of Cyprus hereby withdraws the declaration of 26 August 2002 and replaces it with the following :

The Republic of Cyprus, while reiterating its commitment to respect the objectives and principles pursued by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declares that it undertakes to apply Part II of the Charter in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1, to the Armenian language as a “non-territorial” language defined in Article 1c of the Charter.

The Republic of Cyprus would further like to state that its Constitution and laws uphold and safeguard effectively the principle of equality and non-discrimination on the ground of a person’s community, race, religion, language, sex, political or other convictions, national or social descent, birth, colour, wealth, social class or any ground whatsoever.
Period covered: 04/08/2005 -
Articles concerned : 2

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 26 August 2002 - Or. Engl. and withdrawn by a letter from the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Representation of Cyprus, dated 3 August 2005, registered at the Secretariat General on 4 August 2005 - Or. Engl.

The Republic of Cyprus communicates that it considers the Armenian language to be a non-territorial language, in the Republic, as described in Article 1, paragraph c, of the Charter.

Therefore, in view of Article 7, paragraph 5, of the Charter, the Republic of Cyprus shall apply the following paragraphs chosen from Part III of the Charter to the Armenian language :

Article 8 – Education
Paragraph 1, sub-paragraphs a i., b i., c i.

Article 9 – Judicial Authorities
Paragraph 1, sub-paragraphs a iv., b iii., c iii.

Article 11 – Media
Paragraph 1, sub-paragraph b ii.

Article 12 – Cultural Activities and Facilities
Paragraph 1, sub-paragraphs d, f.
Paragraph 3.

Article 13 – Economic and Social life
Paragraph 1, sub-paragraph c.
Period covered: 01/12/2002 - 04/08/2005
Articles concerned : 7, 1


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