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Media Watch 2005

25 March 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 25 March 2005.
Talat's arrogance
"... what Talat is saying is that since Turkey holds absolute sway over the occupied north, "Might is Right,'' and to hell with international law and respect for human rights, these are legal issues that have no bearing on the political issue!"

It is hardly surprising that Mehmet Ali Talat, the 'prime minister' of the breakaway illegal Turkish Cypriot state, feels so emboldened by these weird provisions of the Annan Plan, that he also tosses the judgements of the Rights Court into the waste paper basket.

Talat had the audacity to insist that the issue of the property of the Greek Cypriot refugees in the occupied north is a political, and not a legal problem, and that the efforts to solve this problem in a legal way, that is by respecting the judgements of the Human Rights Court, will not succeed.

His comments dealt with the adoption of a new law by the Cyprus House of Representatives designed to prevent the growing scandal of the illegal sale of Greek Cypriot properties in the north to foreign buyers, without the consent of the owners.

Denktash and Talat maintain that the Greek Cypriots have lost their property rights in the occupied north following the passage of a relevant law by the breakaway state, which is considered illegal however by both the United Nations and the Rights Court, and whose laws are consequently invalid.

In his comments on the new law Talat said that "the Greek Cypriot parliament has no authority in north of Cyprus. We are the ones who administer the northern part of Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriots are, the competent organs of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus are....The world sees the proprietorship regime, which is part of the Cyprus problem, as a political issue.''

Put simply in another way, what Talat is saying is that since Turkey holds absolute sway over the occupied north, "Might is Right,'' and to hell with international law and respect for human rights, these are legal issues that have no bearing on the political issue!"