The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe asked Turkey to pay compensation awarded by the European Court of Human Rights to applicants from Cyprus “without further delay” and with “the default interest due”.
The deputies of the 47 member states reviewed on Thursday the progress Ankara has made in implementing the Strasbourg-based court`s judgments and decisions, concerning the cases “Varnava and others” on missing persons and the “Xenides-Arestis” group of decisions on property rights in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus.
In their decision, deputies “once again deeply deplored the lack of payment of the just satisfaction awarded by the European Court of Human Rights in these cases and firmly insisted on Turkey’s unconditional obligation to pay this just satisfaction”.
They also recalled the invitation they issued last June to Secretary General Jagland to raise the issue of payment of the just satisfaction in these cases in his contacts with the Turkish authorities, calling on them to take the measures necessary to pay it.
Moreover, they encouraged the authorities of the member States to do the same.
The deputies finally agreed to resume consideration of the issue at their December meeting.
In a separate decision concerning the 2001 case of the Republic Cyprus against Turkey, deputies expressed their appreciation of the measures taken as regards the property rights of enclaved Greek Cypriots and their heirs.
It is added that they wished however to examine the possible consequences on the May 2014 judgment.
Following the 2001 decision, the Strasbourg-based court ordered Turkey on May 12, 2014 to pay 90 million euros in compensation for invading the northern part of the island.
The deputies have decided to come back to this question in June 2016, following their debate foreseen in December 2015 on the impact of this judgment, in the context of the discussion on the property rights of displaced persons.
The Committee of Ministers recalls finally Turkey`s “unconditional obligation” to pay the compensation awarded in the judgment of May 2014.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.