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Media Watch 2003

05 September 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 5 September 2003 written by a Staff Reporter.
Turkey backtracking on Loizidou payment


THE GOVERNMENT has accused Turkey of further delaying tactics in the Titina Loizidou case, after Ankara objected to the wording of a Council of Europe document committing Turkey to compensation under the European Court of Human Rights decision.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said the permanent representatives at the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers should decide whether they accept Turkey’s delaying tactics.

“In May, President Papadopoulos expressed reservations and raised doubts about whether Ankara’s stated intention to pay damages was indeed a real commitment on the part of the Turkish government to comply with the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the Loizidou case,” Chrysostomides said.

He was commenting on the position adopted on Wednesday by Turkey’s permanent representative at a Committee of Ministers meeting, who rejected the wording in a reply to a question addressed to the Committee. The reply committed Turkey to payment.
In June, Turkey’s permanent representative to the Council told a Committee meeting that his government had begun taking the necessary measures with a view to allowing the Committee to ascertain at its meeting in early October the payment of just satisfaction to Loizidou.

The Cypriot and the Greek representatives at the June meeting sought clarifications from their Turkish colleague, who assured them that his declaration did not contain any preconditions and explained that the damages would be paid by October.

“The President of the Republic had pointed out at the time that Turkey’s intentions were not clear in the wording of a statement by the Turkish Representative before a Committee meeting in June. Three days later, Turkey’s Foreign Minister set out preconditions and now it looks as if Turkey’s intention is to seek a postponement of the issue so that it does not pay the damages”, the spokesman added.

“What the other Permanent Representatives at the Council of Europe should do is to decide whether they condone Turkey’s approach which is tantamount to ridiculing the Council,” he added.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay Loizidou $600,000 for loss of use of her property in Kyrenia, $40,000 for moral damages and about $260,000 for costs, in addition to eight per cent interest as of 28 July 1998."