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15 March 2008
Property seminar in Cyprus highlights dangers of illegal sales
More than 80 property developers and lawyers from the Famagusta region learned about the dangers inherent in the illegal development and sale of Greek Cypriot-owned land in the occupied areas.

London – “Paralimini, Cyprus – More than 80 property developers and lawyers from the Famagusta region learned about the dangers inherent in the illegal development and sale of Greek Cypriot-owned land in the occupied areas, at a seminar jointly sponsored by London’s Lobby for Cyprus and Giovanni Developers together with the Famagusta Developers Association and the Paralimini Municipality, on March 6.

Not only the legal realities and dangers of dealings in the occupied areas but also the tragic human factor affecting the true owners of the exploited land was highlighted by the speakers.

Following the opening welcome from Paralimni’s mayor, Andreas Evangelou, the audience heard Giovanni Developers highlight how critical it is for everyone to address the rogue selling of refugee owned land. He noted the important role of Lobby for Cyprus as one of the few bodies effectively addressing the issues.

The Lobby team then explained how it was tackling the matter of making the public aware of the problem of the illegal sales and developments of the land and property.

Lobby’s assistant co-ordinator, Theo Theodorou, took the opportunity to express his gratitude for the opportunity to enter into a constructive dialogue and partnership to obstruct the rogue traders and unethical buyers of the land. He then introduced the Lobby for Cyprus team present at the seminar and named those working in the background back in London. He also guided the audience through the work of Lobby highlighting its successes along the way. 

Secretary George Mouktaris traced the significant origins of Lobby for Cyprus from the refugee associations to the recent achievement of being one of 15 founding members of the Association of Refugees and Exiled Persons in Europe, which represents refugees and exiles.

This was followed by the showing of the BBC programme ‘Inside Out’ which clearly set out the dangers and illegalities of buying and selling in the occupied areas, with particular focus on Sea Terra.

Lobby’s co-ordinator, Nick Kounoupias, who introduced the seminar, closed the formal programme by giving an overview of the various avenues open for legal action in Cyprus, in the UK, and in Europe.

Following a question and answer session, the evening ended with a reception hosted by Giovanni Developers, during which many informal discussions were held.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation that is dedicated to the reunification of the island through the removal of the 43,000 man Turkish army of occupation, the repatriation of the 160,000 illegal Anatolian colonists imported into the north to change its demographics, and the return of all refugees to their homes.