Eight Turkish Cypriot nationalist organisations in North Cyprus, amongst them the TMT Association, issued a joint declaration in reaction to the Immovable Property Commission’s (IPC), recent decision to return land in Kozanköy to its Greek Cypriot owner, Nikolas Skourides (78).
In the joint declaration signed by the TMT Association, the National Council, the National People’s Movement, the Kokkina Martyrs’ Union, the Retired Police Officers’ Association and other organisations, the IPC’s decision on the Skourides case was described as problematic and “a decision that will cause conflicts”.
“Making such decisions before arriving at a solution [to the Cyprus problem] is extremely dangerous and does not serve peace”, the statement read. It pointed out that property and territory issues should be solved globally and as a whole. “It has become clear from this first incident that without security, individual remedies will cause problems. Moreover, the Greek Cypriot side’s insistence on zero troops and zero guarantees verifies that the security problem has not been solved”, said the statement.
The eight organisations described further the IPC decision as a dangerous one which will cause problems. “This is decision without precedent and there is the impression that it is a part of a widespread plan by the Greek Cypriots”, the statement alleged, adding that “finally the residents of Kozanköy started reacting and resisting”, the statement concluded.
Earlier reports said that Kozanköy villagers while initially welcoming Mr Skourides, became angry when they discovered that access to their homes would be blocked by a new house he was building.
Ten days ago, Cyprus Today reported that Kozanköy’s muhtar Hatice Besiktepeli, who came from Paphos to settle in the village said: “The land adjoins a newly built house which also has a dirt road running through it to other properties. They put in markers for the construction of a big house that will almost touch the neighbouring house, and it completely takes in the dirt road. This has made the residents angry… the house is being built wrongly, and the authorities are to blame. They don’t regulate constructions”, she said.
Mrs Besiktepeli said that after a protest held on Friday, June 1, which resulted in officials from Lapta municipality being called to the site, the work had been halted because there was no building permit.
She also pointed out that villagers’ reactions had been wrongly portrayed as anti-Greek Cypriot. “This is not true. It would have been the same had it been a Turkish Cypriot person doing this”, she said.
Afrika, Cyprus Today