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Media Watch 2005

13 May 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 13 May 2005.
New council to fight for refugee rights
The CDRC made it clear it would back action by refugees for the restitution of their property rights before the European and other human rights courts. It asked all persons whose property has been usurped by the Turkish occupation authority in the north to contact it for this purpose. The council also warned foreigners who have bought refugee property in the north without the consent of the owner of the grave consequences of their action and of the prospect of being forced to pay heavy compensation for "dealing in stolen property." These foreigners must realise that action may be taken against them "as receivers of stolen property,'' before any court in the European Union, and the imposition of heavy fines on them for their illegal action."

DISPOSSESSED Greek Cypriot refugees announced the registration of a legal council yesterday with the sole objective of fighting for the restitution of their rights in the occupied north.

"The council will defend and demand, through legal means, the movable and immovable property and the right to property as recognised by international law and/or the laws of the Republic of Cyprus, including in the territories under the occupation of foreign or other forces," said a statement issued by the Council for the Defence of Civil Rights (CDCR).

This objective will be pursued by the CDCR "by organising and promoting before the courts of the Republic, or other legal courts, of legal procedures against any person or legal entity that violates any right of any citizen of the Cyprus Republic.''

The CDRC made it clear it would back action by refugees for the restitution of their property rights before the European and other human rights courts.

It asked all persons whose property has been usurped by the Turkish occupation authority in the north to contact it for this purpose.

The council also warned foreigners who have bought refugee property in the north without the consent of the owner of the grave consequences of their action and of the prospect of being forced to pay heavy compensation for "dealing in stolen property."

These foreigners must realise that action may be taken against them "as receivers of stolen property,'' before any court in the European Union, and the imposition of heavy fines on them for their illegal action.

The authorities of the breakaway state reacted to the recent spate of court actions by Greek Cypriot refugees and the issue of arrest warrants by charging that these actions amounted to an attempt to deprive the Turkish Cypriots of their "rights.''

"We will not allow our people to be driven to a state of fear and anxiety...We will strive and succeed in reaching a conclusion in accordance with the will of the Turkish Cypriots and their political equality as demonstrated on the April 24 referendum (on the Annan Plan). We will confront the Greek Cypriots in the legal arena.''"