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Media Watch 2003

05 May 2003
Source: Ortam
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Turkish Cypriot newspaper Ortam on 5 May 2003.
A step from Ankara in Cyprus – Reparations determined in the Loizidou case will be paid


The following article appeared in the Turkish Cypriot newspaper Ortam on 5 May 2003. The article is of interest due to its statement that Turkey aims to pay compensation to Greek Cypriot property owner Titina Loizidou in the case brought to the European Court of Human Rights. Mrs Loizidou was prevented by Turkey from returning to and reclaiming her property in Kyrenia. However, Lobby takes serious issue with Ortam's descrption of the area of the Republic of Cyprus that is currently under illegal Turkish military occupation.

"A step from Ankara in Cyprus – Reparations determined in the Louizidou case will be paid

Turkey is on the initiative to have the Louizidou case, in which she was sentenced by the European Human Rights Court (EHRC) to pay reparations, dropped from the agenda through the European Council.

A step from Ankara in Cyprus' Reparations determined in the Louizidou case will be paid

Turkey aims to pay the reparations determined by the EHRC for the Louizidou case, provided that Louizidou case will not serve as a benchmark, other similar cases will be frozen and they later dealt with through a council that will be established in Cyprus. That way, Turkey targets to achieve effective internal law in Cyprus.

Accordingly, if a law is passed and a committee is established to deal with reparations for the property that was nationalized with the 159th article of the TRNC[sic] constitution, relevant cases pending at the EHRC can be sent back to that committee.

Committee's decision would be binding for the government, and it will determine the amount of the reparation taking the value of the property and the duration of inaccessibility to it into consideration.

The Louizidou case is the only one which Turkey did not obey the decision of the EHRC. Dropping this case from the agenda is also important for the European Council since it is the only one whose decision was rejected by Turkey and it can serve as a benchmark for similar cases."