Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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05 June 2007
Refugee's property title in occupied Cyprus again upheld by Human Rights Court
London--"Potential buyers of property in the illegally occupied north of Cyprus have yet another reason to reconsider," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus, following the award of €885,000 (£600,000) to a Greek Cypriot woman because she has been denied access to her property in Famagusta.

London--"Potential buyers of property in the illegally occupied north of Cyprus have yet another reason to reconsider," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus, following the award of €885,000 (£600,000) to a Greek Cypriot woman because she has been denied access to her property in Famagusta.

The award, by a five-member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), against Turkey must be paid by August 22, and confirms a December 2006 decision by the ECHR in favour of Myra Xenidi Aresti that she still owned the fenced-in property in the occupied town and that Turkey's denial of her access was a violation of her human rights.

"This recent action by the Court is consistent with all court decisions made on the property issue," Theodorou explained, "and they all have affirmed that the title-deeds held by the Greek Cypriot refugees are still valid despite Turkish claims, as Turkey tries to sell the properties illegally." The decision of the chamber is final and confirms the violation of Aresti's right to property,

Theodorou added that the first landmark case was in 1996 and concerned the property of Titiana Loizidou, of Kyrenia. The Court award in that case was approximately £350,000.

The chamber's decision also means that Turkey's attempt to lay claim on property within the fenced area of Famagusta has been rejected. The issue of return and restoration of the said property is not a political matter but is a court ruling which Turkey cannot but comply with.

"We have seen recent campaigns to sell refugee-owned property in the north, and this award should be ample warning to Britons to simply forget about the idea," said Theodorou. "The campaigns to sell property in the occupied areas are further efforts by Turkey to give legitimacy to the occupation regime of the north," Theodorou added.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation working to reunite the island of Cyprus  by demanding the removal of the 40,000-man Turkish army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists brought into the north to alter the demographic of the island, and the return of all refugees to their homes.