Prime Minister Ozkan Yorgancioglu has confirmed that there are problems regarding the budget of the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) which was established by Turkey in the TRNC and added that his government intends to pay the money and does reject the recent court decision to confiscate two ministerial vehicles in lieu of unpaid compensation by the IPC.
He said, however, that they are paying the compensations according to an order and that 12 claimants are waiting in line. “We don’t want to go against this order, otherwise the system will break down”, he said. He added: “If a case is completed and is registered in the civilian court, the concerned Greek Cypriot citizen is obliged to prove that he has renounced his rights to the property and sign accordingly, but no waiver was signed in this case”.
Yorgancioglu said that the government had evaluated the situation and they plan to put additional resources into the budget, noting that they have already held “discussions with the relevant competent authorities”.
He said that the IPC is internationally recognised and that the number of the Greek Cypriots who have filed applications had increased from seven hundred to around seven thousands because of the economic crisis in the South. Therefore, he argued, the “budget could not meet these needs”.
Meanwhile, in statements to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’, Ersin Tatar, member of the National Unity Party (UBP) said that the IPC is important for the country and added that it would not be right to put the entire financial burden on Turkey. He argued that a new arrangement is needed for the Commission so that compensation which should be paid is shared with the user of the former Greek Cypriot property. He said that a taxation system or something similar could be introduced as a way out of the current situation.
Moreover, the chairman of the IPC Gungor Gunkan told ‘Havadis’ that their duty is to make decisions and the duty of implementing the decisions belongs to the ministries of the interior and finance. He argued that the issue of the confiscated ministry vehicles do not concern the Commission and pointed out that the fall in the number of Greek Cypriots applying is related to the problems of getting their compensation payments and “some other problems”.
Finally, the paper writes that no initiative has been undertaken to save the seized ministerial vehicles and the crisis is escalating. However, according to unconfirmed reports, money has been paid to some Greek Cypriots, who deposited their money in TRNC banks, apparently because of the financial crises in Greece and in the South.