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Media Watch 2006

08 September 2006
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 8 September 2006.
Court ruling not end of the road
"the ruling recognizes the illegal nature of transactions involving Greek Cypriot property in the north…"

"Parties in Cyprus universally noted the British high court ruling is not the end of the road of the Orams case.

Akel spokesman Andros Kyprianou said the negative decision was taken based on political criteria.

"It’s correct to say that the Cyprus issue as a political problem will be resolved at the negotiating table, but political criteria shouldn’t enter into court decisions," said Kyprianou.

In a statement, Edek said the ruling recognizes the illegal nature of transactions involving Greek Cypriot property in the north, but contains a political approach that "is incompatible with the rule of law and the proper dispensation of justice".

The party said it expects the European Court of Justice to complete "the proper dispensation of justice".

The United Democrats said the ruling further complicates the legal prosecution of those exploiting Greek Cypriot property in the north.

The party said legal action may impede such exploitation, but only an overall settlement can truly resolve the issue.

Disy leader Nicos Anastassiades said he was troubled by the ruling because those exploiting Greek Cypriot property had incurred no penalty.

He warned of a "looming danger" that the courts could encourage rather than discourage such exploitation.

"Only a final settlement of the Cyprus issue will forestall further complications. Otherwise, the visible danger is that the Turkish Cypriots would become masters in the occupied areas and partners in the government-controlled areas," said Anastassiades."