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Loizidou case must be implemented in full, say Lawyer and Loizidou
2003-12-04 18:34:09

Nicosia, Dec 3 (CNA) -- There must be moves to persuade Turkey to implement in full a European Court of Human Rights judgment relating to the case Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou won against Ankara for violation of human rights, Loizidou and her lawyer Achilleas Demetriades have said.

Yesterday Turkey paid Loizidou over one million dollars in compensation for the loss of use of her property in Turkish occupied Cyprus but discussion on allowing Loizidou peaceful enjoyment of her property has been deferred to a later stage, after member states of the Committe of Ministers of the Council of Europe put forward proposal on the matter at the end of 2005.

''The decision to resume consideration of the execution of this part of the Court ruling in due time, taking into consideration proposals to do so at the end of 2005 is not binding for the member states,'' Demetriades said.

He pointed out that discussion on this aspect could start tomorrow, if member states agree to do so.

He described the payment of damages to Loizidou ''a huge retraction'' on the part of Turkey from its initial positions and a ''very big success'' for the Greek Cypriot side.

Demetriades also stressed that the payment signifies that Turkey is forced to accept its responsibilities in occupied Cyprus, that its puppet regime in occupied northern part of Cyprus has no international personality and consequently Turkey is responsible for what happens in occupied Cyprus and that it recognises the validity of title deeds of Greek Cypriots in the occupied areas.

''Turkey has accepted to execute the Court decision after pressure and I believe it is a huge concession on its part, a retraction from its initial stance and a huge success for our side,'' Demetriades added.

Replying to questions, Demetriades said he expects the issue to be taken up at the next meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which yesterday adopted by majority vote, two resolutions on the Loizidou case.

On the impact of yesterday's development on pending cases by Greek Cypriots against Turkey, Demetriades said that this would mark the acceleration of pending cases but warned that there is another obstacle to overcome.

This, he explained, would be brought before the Court in March or April next year, when it will decide whether a compensation committee in Turkish-occupied Cyprus is domestic remedy which Greek Cypriots who wish to apply to the Court will first have to exhaust.

Demetriades said there is room for improvement in the process of executing Court decisions, since their implementation is carried out by a political body, the Committee of Ministers.

Loizidou and Demetriades called on Cyprus and Greece to focus their efforts on finding ways to discuss the execution of the second part of the Court decision as soon as possible.

Replying to questions, Loizidou said she knew all along this court case would be difficult but said she had no idea how painstaking and long it would be. ''I have always been sure that the judgment will be implemented,'' she said.

She also said that she would use the compensation money to develop her property in occupied Cyprus.

Loizidou filed her application in 1989. The Court said in December 1996 that Turkey is guilty of human rights violations and ordered Ankara to allow Loizidou access to her property to enjoy it peacefully and pay her damages. In 1998 the Court said Turkey should pay compensation amounting to 900.000 dollars to Loizidou for loss of use of her property.

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