Cypriot refugee tries to prevent closure of her property case examination in Strasbourg

Titina Loizidou, a Greek Cypriot refugee who won a case against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding her property in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, sent Monday a letter to Strasbourg, asking the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to adjourn the consideration of her case.

The Committee of Ministers is currently holding its quarterly meeting in Strasbourg to oversee the execution of judgments from the ECHR.

After the 1996 Court decision, Loizidou was compensated by Ankara for not being able to use her home in Kyrenia, in the northern coast of the island, under Turkish occupation since the invasion of Turkey in 1974, her property however was not returned to her.

Loizidou’s case was brought again to the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers last November, in relation to the continuing violation of her property rights for the period 28 January 1987 � 22 January 1990 (for which she was not compensated by Turkey), as well as in relation to the implementation of the 1996 decision regarding the restitution of her property.

The applicant and her daughter had recently a series of contacts, in Strasbourg, during which they became aware of the 4th December 2008 Committee of Ministers’ prima facie decision regarding the individual measures and the Secretariat’s recommendation to the Committee of Ministers to close the case.

In her letter, Loizidou asks the Committee of Ministers to adjourn consideration of her case in their current meeting and give her the opportunity to set out her views regarding her property claims.

Turkey asks the Committee of Ministers to take a decision to close the supervision of the case, following the damages paid to the applicant. Regarding the restitution of the property, Ankara points to the immovable property commission, operating in the Turkish-occupied part of the island.

The European Court of Human Rights sentenced Turkey in numerous cases, brought forward by Greek Cypriots, concerning the violation of their fundamental human rights, following the 1974 invasion, with regards to their property.

Source: Cyprus News Agency