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Cyprus government follows with great interest British couple's case
2005-01-14 16:30:46

Nicosia, Jan 14 (CNA) --- The government of Cyprus is following with great interest the case before the Nicosia District Court of a British couple who appealed a Court order to demolish a house they built on property belonging to a Greek Cypriot refugee in Turkish occupied Cyprus and return the land to its rightful owner.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that if the appeal of British Linda and David Orams is overruled, then this would constitute an additional path for Greek Cypriots to assert their rights regarding their occupied properties.

The overruling of the appeal would also ''constitute a new procedure that would probably lead to the execution of the rulings that might include compensations to other EU countries as well, according to the treaties for mutual recognition and execution of juristic decisions'', he said.

If the British couple fails to have the demolition order set aside, they face having the Cyprus court decision enforced in the UK by the British High Court according to an amendment in an EU regulation.

In a recent ruling, the Nicosia District Court had asked the British couple to demolish the house they had built in occupied Lapithos, that belongs to Greek Cypriot refugee Meletios Apostolides. The couple then appealed the Court's ruling.

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