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CoE welcomes successful outcome of Loizidou case
2003-12-04 17:52:04

Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) - The Council of Europe said the conclusion of the case of Titina Loizidou demonstrates the effectiveness of the right of individual appeal available to Europeans, members of CoE, while its Secretary General Walter Schwimmer expressed satisfaction to the Committee of Ministers' Deputies for completing their control of the execution of the ECHR judgment.

The Netherlands Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe announced that ''Turkey executed today the judgment of 28 July 1998 in the Loizidou case by paying to Mrs. Titina Loizidou the sum that had been awarded to her by the European Court of Human Rights in respect of just satisfaction''.

The conclusion of this case, the CoE said, ''which is the result of efforts by all member states, demonstrates the effectiveness of the right of individual appeal available to 800 million Europeans before the Strasbourg Court''.

In another statement, Schwimmer expressed his satisfaction that today the Committee of Ministers' Deputies had completed their control of the execution of the ECHR judgment of July 1998 awarding Loizidou ''an amount of around 450.000 Cypriot Pounds for damages, costs and expenses as just satisfaction on account of the violation of the applicant's right to peaceful enjoyment of certain properties located in the northern part of Cyprus''.

The Secretary General said he welcomed today's ''successful outcome, which confirmed the supremacy of the judgments of the European Court and the Committee of Ministers' determination to ensure, with all means available to the Organisation, compliance with those judgments''.

He added ''today represented a significant moment for Council of Europe's system of collective enforcement of human rights''.

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