Decision to end Council of Europe supervision of Loizidou case is “politically problematic” Foreign Ministry says

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its disappointment regarding today’s decision of the Committee of Deputy Ministers of the Council of Europe to end the Council’s supervision process in the implementation of the ECHR Decision, regarding Titina Loizidou’s individual application against Turkey.


At the same time, the Ministry expresses disappointment regarding the negative role and involvement of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe in ending the supervision.


“It is noted that Turkey, despite paying some compensation to Ms. Loizidou, continues to not comply with its obligation to restore all or part of Ms. Loizidou’s property”, the Ministry says in a press release.


Therefore, it adds, “the decision to end the supervision of the implementation of the decision by the Council of Europe is legally unsound and politically problematic”.


“At the same time, it sends the wrong messages to Turkey, which the ECHR decision held solely responsible for depriving Ms. Loizidou of her property, as a result of the invasion and continued occupation of the northern part of Cyprus”.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines that the aforementioned decision of the Committee of Deputy Ministers does not in any case imply the lifting and/or termination of Turkey’s obligations to restore Ms. Loizidou’s property.


Loizidou is 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 areas of Cyprus. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.


Source: Cyprus News Agency