Turkey wants the “user”of property to contribute in payment of compensations

Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (11.11.15) reports that the land on which “ministries” of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus are built have “officially become Turkish property” last September by the payment of a compensation of 2.6 million sterling pounds as a result of a decision taken by the “Property Compensation Commission” (“PCC”) on 6 March 2014.
Murat Metin Hakki, advocate in the above-mentioned case, told the paper that the payments by the “PCC” “have extremely slowed down” and “warned” that the “Commission” might stop being functional depending on the result of an appeal examined by the “high court” and the way for the Greek Cypriots to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) may open again.
Hakki argued that the payment of the compensations has deliberately been slowed down by Turkey and the reason for this is a “law” which Turkey wants to pass in the occupied area of Cyprus.
Noting that Turkey exerts pressure on the “government” of the breakaway regime to pass the “law”, Hakki said that “with this law it is provided for 30%-40% of the compensations to be paid by the current user of the property”. He argued that the “government” is hesitating to bring the issue onto the agenda and this is why Turkey slowed down the payment of the compensations, something which causes big problems.
Hakki said that the compensation for the above-mentioned immovable property was paid to the Greek Cypriot owners in September 2015, but he does not know through which resources. He noted that the “ministries” are built on 28 plots of land which belongs to two Greek Cypriot brothers.
The paper writes that there is a big decrease in the number of cases filed to the “PCC”. The total number of applications made since 2006 is 6.232. Most cases (1926 totally) were filed in 2011. In the first eleven months of 2015, only 153 applications were filed.


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