During the course of and aftermath of the Turkish invasion of 1974 Turkish forces and their surrogates engaged in systematic looting, pillage, wanton property destruction and seizure of private property. This unprecedented usurpation is a further flagrant violation of human rights.
The illegal regime in the occupied north produced bogus title-deeds in an attempt to create new ownership to unilaterally and illegally expropriate the lands and homes of Greek Cypriots by either giving the land to illegal colonists from Anatolia, Turkish Cypriots or to sell the land to non-Cypriots, including thousands of Britons who illegally bought land cheaply.
As the occupation regime has been deemed an illegal secessionist entity under United Nations Security council resolution 541 and 550 and by the European Court of Human Rights, the occupation regime does not have jurisdiction to perform valid transfers of property ownership.
The ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriots remain the legitimate holders of title-deeds, as affirmed by numerous cases, in particular the landmark European Court of Human Rights Loizidou v Turkey case (1996) which compensated displaced Greek Cypriot owner Titina Loizidou for loss of use – not loss of ownership, as she remains the legitimate owner.
Only those with title-deeds registered at the Land Registry of the Republic of Cyprus are owners of property in Cyprus, including in the occupied areas.
According to official Cyprus government statistics more than 82 percent of property in the occupied area prior to the Turkish invasion of 1974, was either owned by Greek Cypriots (60.6 percent) or by the government of the Republic of Cyprus itself (22.82 percent).