South Cyprus has urged the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to resist what it says is “blackmail on behalf of Turkey”, in a case concerning Greek Cypriot property in the north.
Turkey is attempting to exert pressure on the Committee to close the supervision of the Loizidou case, involving a Greek Cypriot applicant Titina Loizidou (on left), who is seeking to enforce a 1996 Court judgement for the restitution and enjoyment of her property in Kyrenia, as a prerequisite for its future cooperation with the human rights organisation, a report by Cyprus Mail said.
The Greek Cypriot administration has submitted a memorandum on the matter, prior to a Committee of Ministers meeting in Strasbourg next week, it said.
Citing the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) operating in the TRNC, Turkey has maintained that it is not possible to restore Loizidou’s property and it can only exchange it or receive compensation for it.
Nicosia, for its part, has said, “it is the Committee, not the IPC, that has the responsibility of supervising the execution of judgements of the Court,” noting, “For Loizidou to be closed under the current circumstances would reward Turkey for its non-payment and, in particular, for its non-cooperation with the Committee.”
According to South Cyprus, Turkey is obliged to provide answers to a series of questions, such as the time the property was transferred to new users, evidence that users are Turkish Cypriots or the development status of the property; allowing for the Council of Europe Committee to take decisions.