No progress by Ankara in implementing Cyprus-related judgments

Another meeting in Strasbourg, aiming to supervise the execution of European Court judgments, inter alia by Turkey in a number of Cyprus-related cases, ended on Wednesday without progress.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which convened between June 6-7, reviewed, among other issues, the execution of judgements in the Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey group of cases on properties and the Varnava v. Turkey cases on missing persons.

In two separate decisions, the Ministers’ Deputies insisted on their call on Turkey to abide by its unconditional obligation to pay the just satisfaction awarded by the European Court in both cases without further delay.

Moreover, they decided to resume consideration of the issue of the property rights of enclaved Greek Cypriots, part of the Cyprus v. Turkey judgement, at their meeting in March 2018.

The Xenides-Arestis and Varnava cases are due for scrutiny in September 2017.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. So far, Ankara has not paid damages in relation to certain cases concerning missing persons and property claims, awarded by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to Cypriot applicants for a number of violations committed in Cyprus during and after the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency