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.
5 July 2007
|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|
|12||CLUB SIMENA HOTEL||VASILEIIA||3*||84||T/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|
|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|
|26||KAŞGAR COURT HOTEL||KYRENIA||2*||30||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|
|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|
|41||ONAR HOLIDAY VILLAGE||KERYNIA||3*||76||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|
|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|
|53||SOCRATES HOTEL||SOCRATES HOTEL||KERYNIA||2*||36||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|
|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|
|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|
|11||PANORAMA HOTEL||PANORAMA HOTEL||FAMAGUSTA||1*||20||G/C|
|12||PARK HOTEL||EVAGORAS COURT||SALAMINA||3*||93||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|
|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|
|1||CITY ROYAL HOTEL||NICOSIA||3*||160||T/C|
|2||GERMANIA TREUHAND H.||NICOSIA||3*||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.