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Cypriot Spokesman criticizes Turkey on Loizidou case
2003-09-04 10:57:25

Nicosia, Sep 4 (CNA) ? The permanent representatives at the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers should decide whether they accept Turkey?s delaying tactics regarding payment of compensation it owes to Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou in a case of human rights violation, said here Thursday Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.

''In May President Papadopoulos expressed reservations and raised doubts whether Ankara's stated intention to pay damages was indeed a real commitment on the part of the Turkish government to comply with the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the Loizidou case,? he said.

The spokesman was commenting on the position adopted Wednesday by Turkey's permanent representative at a Committee of Ministers meeting, who rejected the wording in a reply to a question addressed to the Committee. The reply committed Turkey to payment.

In June Turkey's permanent representative to the Council told a Committee meeting that his government had begun taking the necessary measures with a view to allow the Committee to ascertain at its meeting in early October the payment of just satisfaction to Loizidou.

The Cypriot and the Greek representatives at the June meeting sought certain clarifications from their Turkish colleague who assured them that his declaration did not contain any preconditions and explained that the damages will be paid by October this year.

?The President of the Republic had pointed out at the time that Turkey's intentions were not clear in the wording of a statement by the Turkish Representative before a Committee meeting in June. Three days later, Turkey?s Foreign Minister set out preconditions and now it looks as if Turkey?s intention is to seek a postponement of the issue so that it does not pay the damages?, the Spokesman added.

?What the other Permanent Representatives at the Council of Europe should do is to decide whether they condone Turkey's approach which is tantamount to ridiculing the Council,? he added.

Concluding, he said that the Turkish delegation tried yesterday to gain time without committing itself to any previous statement it had made.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay Titina Loizidou 600,000 dollars for loss of use of her property, 40,000 dollars for moral damages and about 260,000 dollars for costs, in addition to eight per cent interest as of 28 July 1998.

Loizidou's house is situated in the northern town of Kyrenia, occupied by Turkish troops since 1974.

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