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Cyprus demands implementation of ECHR ruling in Loizidou case
2003-10-28 09:55:59

Nicosia, Oct 28 (CNA)-Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said here Tuesday that the condition put forward by Turkey concerning the case of Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou, not to examine her right to return to her occupied property before 2005, in an effort to defray compensation the European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay, ''appears to gain support from other European countries''.

In his remarks to the press, President Papadopoulos stressed that the Republic of Cyprus will remain firm in its demand for implementation of the decision as it stands.

Replying to question regarding Turkey's demand to obtain a date to begin accession negotiations with the EU, President Papadopoulos said ''all countries are examined equivalently and should satisfy the criteria set out in Copenhagen as well as the conclusions of the various Councils''.

''Turkey cannot have a more favourable examination (of its application) from the other countries'', President Papadopoulos concluded.

The European Court ordered Turkey in 1998 to pay some 900.000 dollars in compensation to Loizidou for loss of use of her property, occupied by Turkish troops since 1974, and told Ankara to allow Greek Cypriot Loizidou access to her property for peaceful enjoyment.

Turkey has said it is ready to pay the money to Loizidou but it is not willing to allow Loizidou access to her property, an obligation Turkey has to meet as part of the ruling.

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