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Effectiveness of IPC to Be Examined by the ECtHR

echrThe effectiveness of the “immovable property commission” set up in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, will be examined by the European Court of Human Rights, lawyer Achilleas Demetriades told CNA, on the occasion of the payment by the commission of 2.5 million euros to a Greek Cypriot as compensation for his property, which is under Turkish occupation.
Although there has been an agreement about the case since September 2014, the amount was paid to the Greek Cypriot only yesterday, according to a story published by “The Cyprus Weekly.”
According to the newspaper, Turkish Cypriot lawyer Murat Hakki, who represents the Greek Cypriot, proceeded last year to the issuing of confiscation decrees of vehicles of the “authorities” in the occupied areas to cover the amount of the compensation, but the process was stopped by the so-called “supreme court” in November.
As a result, the Turkish Cypriot lawyer filed an application in April 2016 before the ECtHR against the commission`s effectiveness.
Achilleas Demetriades told CNA that the commission apparently proceeded with the payment of the compensation to avoid appearing ineffective after a delay of almost two years.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Cypriot lawyer of the Greek Cypriot said that he has before him more cases for which compensation is pending, adding that there are dozens of cases which have not been paid the agreed amount.
Asked why there is such a delay, he said that there is a different approach between the Turkish government and the so called “authorities” in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus as to who should pay damages and that, as a result, Turkey ceased to contribute financially.
(Source: CNA)

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