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16 December 2008
Property seminar points out dangers of buying, building in occupied north of cyprus
"Although more and more Britons are aware of the dangers of buying property in the illegally occupied north of Cyprus," Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus, said, "much more has to be done to warn people tempted to buy property there."

London, 16 December 2008 – "Although more and more Britons are aware of the dangers of buying property in the illegally occupied north of Cyprus," Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus, said, "much more has to be done to warn people tempted to buy property there."

He reached this conclusion, he said, based on the recent seminar on the subject, sponsored by "Overseas Property Professional (OPP)" during which those defending the sales of the property of the Greek Cypriots who fled the Turkish invasion of 1974 tried to assure Estate agents/buyers that the guarantee by the Turkish government is valid, and that if homes are built on the land of the refugees, the purchases cannot be undone. "If potential buyers believe these, and other, fallacies, they not only are doomed to disappointment but also loss of their money," Theodorou said.

In every property-related case to reach the European Court of Human Rights, the Strasbourg-based Court has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs and has declared that the abandoned property is still owned by the refugees who had been forced to flee their homes. In every case, the court also has fined and penalised the Turkish government. "In doing so," commented Theodorou, "the Court asserted unequivocally that it is Turkey that occupies the north and that the so-called government established there has no legal standing."

Theodorou warned that title of properties must be registered with the legitimate government of the Republic of Cyprus. Anyone who has any doubts whatsoever about ownership of property on the entire island of Cyprus must contact the Land Registry of the Republic of Cyprus for verification at Michalakopoulou 29, CY-1075 Nicosia, tel no +357 22 804801.

The seminar pointed out that one of the reasons that property is cheap in the occupied north is that the cost of the land is not factored in, since it is more than likely stolen property. Based on pre-invasion figures, only around 17 per cent of property in the occupied north was in the hands of Turkish Cypriots, "many of whom also have fled the north," Theodorou pointed out, "because they have objected to the importation of more than 160,000 Anatolian colonists into the north, thus changing the demographics of the area. So, even property bearing Turkish names may be suspect,” he suggested.

Those participating in the seminar were: Chris Christides (an Independent Financial Adviser); Derek Hatton (Morpheus Investments); Floros Voniatis (Hassapis Land Developers); Evren Celal (Boray Developments & Estate Agents); Russell Price (Property International); and Jamie Lester (North Cyprus International). OPP news editor, Ben Dahlstrom, was in the chair.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation, based in the UK, dedicated to the unification of the island through the removal of the 43,000-man Turkish army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the north contrary to all international laws, and the return of all refugees to their homes.


Any enquiries, contact Lobby for Cyprus on tel: 020 8888 2556, or e-mail: admin@lobbyforcyprus.org