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Britain warns citizens of risks in property deals in occupied Cyprus
2005-06-07 15:36:21

by ?yriakos Tsioupras

London, Jun 7 (CNA)- The British government has already advised potential purchasers of property in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus that the non-recognition of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime and the possibility of a future political settlement in Cyprus could have significant practical, financial and legal consequences, British Minister for Europe Douglas Alexander has said.

In a written reply to Labour MP Andrew Dismore who asked whether the British government would change its advice on the Foreign Office website to advise UK nationals against purchasing properties in occupied part of Cyprus, Alexander said that ''we strongly encourage potential buyers to seek independent, qualified legal advice and we also highlight the risk that purchasers could face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus.''

''The Government has already advised potential purchasers of property in north Cyprus that the non-recognition of the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' and the possibility of a future political settlement in Cyprus could have significant practical, financial and legal consequences'', Alexander added.

According to the British Minister ''the travel advice is regularly reviewed and amended in response to changing circumstances on the island,'' the British minister added.

He added ''however, it is not the place of the Government to intervene in private commercial transactions.''

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