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Ownership Status of Hotels and other Accomodation Facilities in the Occupied Part of the Republic of Cyprus

OWNERSHIP STATUS OF HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMODATION FACILITIES IN THE OCCUPIED PART OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus hereby publishes a list1 of hotels situated in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus. The majority of these hotels belong to Greek Cypriot displaced persons who were forced to leave their properties following the Turkish invasion of 1974 or have been built illegally on properties belonging to displaced Greek Cypriots, in violation of the latter’s property rights and without their consent.

The European Court of Human Rights, in its Judgment of 18 December 1996, on the individual application of the Greek Cypriot displaced owner Mrs. Titina Loizidou, against Turkey, and in the Fourth Interstate Application of Cyprus against Turkey of 10 May 2001, upheld the rights of the refugees to their properties. In the Loizidou case, the Court ordered the Government of Turkey to compensate the applicant for the time period of deprivation of use of her property and to provide full access and allow peaceful enjoyment of her property in Kyrenia. The right of the displaced owners to their properties was reconfirmed in the most recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (Dec. 2005) regarding the application of Myra Xenides- Arestis v. Turkey.

It should also be reminded that, according to the United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (the Pinheiro principles) “all refugees and displaced persons have the right to have restored to them any housing, land or property of which they were arbitrarily or unlawfully deprived..”.

Under Cyprus Law, Greek Cypriot property owners may bring legal actions before the competent Courts of the Republic against trespassers to their properties in the Turkish-occupied area, claiming damages and other legal remedies available to them under civil law. Judgments issued in favour of lawful property owners shall be recognized and enforced against property/assets of the defendants/judgment debtors in any EU member State, under the provisions of EC Regulation No.44/2001.

In the case of Meletis Apostolides v. Orams, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has very recently examined the Appeal lodged by Mr. Apostolides against the High Court judgment issued on 6.9.2006, which held that a judgment of the District Court of Nicosia in favour of Mr. Apostolídes regarding immovable property owned by him in the area of Lapithos, illegally held by Mr. and Mrs. Orams, could not be enforced in England under Regulation No.44/2001. The Court of Appeal, at the outset of the hearing proceedings, rejected the argument submitted on behalf of the Orams that the interpretation of the crucial EU Law provisions is so clear that the Court of Appeal should dismiss the appeal without referring any questions to the European Court of Justice. The Court of Appeal (the Lord Chief Justice presiding) held that the resolution of the predominant issues in the case depended upon the interpretation of EU law and that such interpretation, being far from clear, should ultimately rest with the European Court of Justice, upon a reference for a preliminary ruling under Articles 68 and 234 of the EC Treaty. Pending adjudication by the European Court on the questions referred to it by the Court of Appeal, it is abundantly clear that the judgment of the High Court dated 6.9.2006 is of no legal effect, as it has been cast with serious doubts as to the merits thereof, such doubts having been clearly expressed by the Court of Appeal in deciding on the reference of the critical issues.

It is also important to note that, under Cyprus’s Criminal Code, Cap.154, any person who, with intent to defraud, deals in immovable property belonging to another is guilty of a felony (“fraudulent dealings in immovable property belonging to another”) and is liable to imprisonment for up to seven years. Under the Law a person is deemed to be dealing in immovable property where he/she (a) sells to another, or rents to another, or mortgages to another or encumbers in any way, or makes available for use by another immovable property, or (b) advertises or otherwise promotes the sale or renting out or mortgaging or charging in any way to another of immovable property or the use thereof by another, or (c) concludes an agreement for the sale to another, or the renting out to another, or the mortgaging to another, or the charging in any way to the benefit of another, or the use by another of immovable property, or (d) accepts the immovable property which is the object of the dealing. Depending on the situation, it is also possible that European Arrest Warrants be issued against persons who may be prosecuted for the aforesaid criminal offence in the Republic.

In the light of the above and bearing particularly in mind that the right to peaceful enjoyment of one´s property is an inalienable individual human right protected under the Constitution of the Republic and the European Convention on Human Rights, Greek Cypriot property owners are entitled to legal protection against any form or unlawful interference with such rights. Persons responsible for such interference run a serious risk of facing legal proceedings, either in the form of civil action or criminal prosecution, with grave consequences, as already explained above.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus conveys a strong warning message to foreign citizens who wish to travel to the occupied part of Cyprus, that staying in the listed Greek Cypriot owned hotels or in hotels which have been built on Greek Cypriot property without the consent of the owners, is illegal and contributes and/or assists in the illegal exploitation/usurpation of Greek Cypriot properties contrary to domestic and/or International Law. Such foreign citizens are, therefore, advised to seek accommodation in hotels and other establishments lawfully owned by Turkish Cypriots.


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July 2007
 
 

KYRENIA DISTRICT:

A/A CURRENT NAMEi NAME
BEFORE
1974ii
LOCATIONiii CLASS BED NUMBER PROPERTY
OR BUILDING
OWNERSHIP STATUS
1 ACAPULCO HOLIDAY VILLAGE   KYRENIA 5* 930 G/C
2 ALTINKAYA & ΑRΜΟΝΙΑ H.C.   KYRENIA 2* 138 G/C
3 AMBELIA VILLAGE AMBELIA VILLAGE BELLAPAIS 2* 144 G/C
4 ATLANTIS HOTEL ATLANTIS HOTEL KERYNIA 1* 31 G/C
5 BELLAPAIS MONASTERY VILLAGE   BELAPAIS 3* 130 G/C
6 BRISTOL HOTEL BRISTOL HOTEL KERYNIA 2* 36 G/C
7 BRITISH HOTEL EL GRECO HOTEL KERYNIA 1* 36 G/C
8 CELEBRITY HOTEL CELEBRITY HOTEL LAPITHOS 4* 180 T/C
9 CHATEAU LAMBOUSA   LAPITHOS 5* 108 T/C
10 CLUB ALDA   KYRENIA 1* 28 T/C
11 CLUB LAPETHOS   LAPITHOS 3* 230 G/C
12 CLUB SIMENA HOTEL   VASILEIIA 3* 84 T/C
13 CLUB Z   KYRENIA 3* 156 G/C
14 COLONNADE CLUB HOTEL   KYRENIA 2* 20 G/C
15 COUER DE LION HOTEL LIMAN HOTEL KERYNIA 3* 32 G/C
16 DENIZKIZI HOTEL MAIRMAID HOTEL KARAVAS 3* 114 G/C
17 DENIZKIZI ROYAL HOTEL   KARAVAS 4* 108 G/C
18 DOME HOTEL KATSELLIS DOME HOTEL KERYNIA 4* 320 G/C
19 DORANA HOTEL DORANA HOTEL KERYNIA 2* 66 G/C
20 ERGENEKON HOTEL   KYRENIA 1* 20 G/C
21 GRAND AVRASYA HOTEL   KERYNIA 3* 107 G/C
22 GRAND ROCK HOTEL HESPERIDES HOTEL KERYNIA 4* 110 G/C
23   HARBOUR SCENE HOTEL KYRENIA 1* 30 G/C
24 HOTEL SEMPATI   LAPITHOS 3* 68 G/C
25 KAAN HOTEL   KYRENIA 2* 70 G/C
26 KAŞGAR COURT HOTEL   KYRENIA 2* 30 G/C
27 KEMBA SET   KYRENIA     G/C
28 KORINEUM COLF COUNTRY CLUB   AGIOS AMVROSIOS     G/C
29 KYRENIA JASMINE COURT HOTEL JASMINE COURT KERYNIA 5* 392 G/C
30 L.A. HOLIDAY CENTER   LAPITHOS 4* 224 T/C
31 L.A. HOTEL & RESORT   LAPITHOS 4* 224 T/C
32 LIFE HOTEL APT.   KYRENIA 1* 46 G/C
33 LIGHTHOUSE HOTEL   KYRENIA 1* 40 G/C
34 MANOLYA HOTEL   LAPITHOS 2* 96 T/C
35 MARE MONTE MARE MONTE HOTEL KARAVAS 3* 188 G/C
36 MERCURE HOTEL   AGIOS GEORGIOS 5* 606 G/C
37 MERIT CRYSTAL COVE HOTEL ZEPHYROS HOTEL KARAVAS 5* 444 G/C
38 MOUNTAIN VIEW   AGIOS GEORGIOS 3* 82 G/C
39 MUFTUZADE HOTEL APT.   KYRENIA 1* 46 G/C
40 NOSTALGIA HOTEL   KYRENIA 1* 52 G/C
41 ONAR HOLIDAY VILLAGE   KERYNIA 3* 76 G/C
42 OSCAR RESORT   KERYNIA 4* 472 G/C
43 OSCAR VOUNI   LEFKA 1* 400 G/C
44 OSMAN’S HOTEL APTS.   KYRENIA 1* 68 G/C
45 PIA BELLA HOTEL   KYRENIA 3* 117 G/C
46 PITORESK HOLIDAY VILLAGE   DIORIOS   117 G/C
47 PORT BARBARROS   GIALOUSA     G/C
48 PORT CYPRIUM MARINA   AGIOS AMVROSIOS     G/C
49 RESORT DEDEMAN OLIVE TREE   AGIOS EPIKTITOS 4* 250 T/C
50 RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE   KARAVAS 4* 266 G/C
51 SAMMY’S HOTEL   KYRENIA 2* 44 G/C
52 SIDELIA HOTEL   KYRENIA 1* 24 G/C
53 SOCRATES HOTEL SOCRATES HOTEL KERYNIA 2* 36 G/C
54 THE COLONY   KERYNIA 5* 200 G/C
55 THE SHIP INN HOTEL   KERYNIA 3* 146 G/C
56 TOP SET HOTEL & BUNGALOWS   AGIOS GEORGIOS 3* 120 G/C
57 TURTLE BAY HEIGHTS - HAWTHORN HOTELS   AGIOS AMVROSIOS     G/C
58 TURTLE BAY VILLAGE - HAWTHORN HOTELS   AGIOS AMVROSIOS   1000 G/C
59 YENI ANADOL HOTEL   KYRENIA 1* 66 G/C

FAMAGUSTA DISTRICT:

A/A CURRENT NAMEi NAME
BEFORE
1974ii
LOCATIONiii CLASS BED NUMBER PROPERTY
OR BUILDING
OWNERSHIP STATUS
1 ALTUN TABYA OTEL   FAMAGUSTA 1* 32 T/C
2 BILFER PALM BEACH HOTEL CONSTANTIA HOTEL FAMAGUSTA 5* 216 G/C
3 BOGAZ HOTEL BOCAZ HOTEL TRIKOMO 3* 86 G/C
4 COLOSSEUM RESORT   VOKOLIDA 5* 1,200 STATE FOREST LAND - REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
5 ELIZEL MOTEL         G/C
6 KAYA ARTEMIS HOLIDAY RESORT   VOKOLIDA 5* 2,500 STATE LAND - REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
7 LONG BEACH CLUB & RESORT   FAMAGUSTA 5* 103 G/C
8 MALIBU BEACH HOTEL   GIALOUSA     G/C
9 MIMOZA HOTEL MIMOZA HOTEL FAMAGUSTA 3* 102 G/C
10 OASIS AYFILON   RIZOKARPASO     G/C
11 PANORAMA HOTEL PANORAMA HOTEL FAMAGUSTA 1* 20 G/C
12 PARK HOTEL EVAGORAS COURT SALAMINA 3* 93 G/C
13 PORTOFINO HOTEL   FAMAGUSTA 3* 104 G/C
14 SALAMIS BAY CONTI RESORT HOTEL SALAMIS BAY HOTEL FAMAGUSTA 5* 960 75% BRITISH, 25% G/C
15 THE DEE EUROPEAN HOTEL   FAMAGUSTA 2* 80 G/C
16 THERESA HOTEL   TRIKOMO 1* 36 G/C
17 VENUS BEACH RESIDENCES & HOTEL   AGIOS SERGIOS   270 G/C
18 KOCAREIS HOLIDAY RESORT   SALAMINA   60 G/C & STATE LAND
19 SWEET WATER BAY   AKANTHOU     G/C
20 SEA TERRA MARINA   AKANTHOU     G/C
21 SEA TERRA BAY   AKANTHOU     G/C
22 SOUTHERN GARDENS   AKANTHOU     G/C
23 LEVENT HOMES   AKANTHOU     G/C
24 ORANGERY HOMES   AKANTHOU     G/C
25 TRANSO PROPERTY   PATRIKI     G/C

NICOSIA DISTRICT:

A/A CURRENT NAMEi NAME
BEFORE
1974ii
LOCATIONiii CLASS BED NUMBER PROPERTY
OR BUILDING
OWNERSHIP STATUS
1 CITY ROYAL HOTEL   NICOSIA 3* 160 T/C
2 GERMANIA TREUHAND H.   NICOSIA 3*   T/C
3 SARAY HOTEL   NICOSIA 3* 144 T/C

1) Includes only hotels and other accommodation facilities on which information regarding property ownership is available.

i) "CURRENT NAME" is the name under which a hotel is running today.

ii) "NAME BEFORE 1974" applies to those hotels already running before the 1974 Turkish invasion. In some cases, the current illegal occupiers of these hotels have given them new names.

iii) Unless indicated, "LOCATION", "CLASS" and "BED NUMBER" are not known.

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