COE pulls plug on Loizidou case
Date Added: 23 September 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a written message on Friday evaluating the discussion held at a meeting on human rights of the Committee of Delegates of the Council of Europe held in Strasbourg on September 20-22 regarding the decisions on the Loizidou case.

The Council of Europe’s committee found the measures taken by the TRNC regarding the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision on Loizidou effective and sufficient, closing its review.

The Foreign Ministry said that the committee’s decision had proven once again that the property regime established in the TRNC was in accordance with international law.

“As it is known, the Immovable Property Commission (IPC), which was set up by the TRNC in 2005 to assess and process the property claims of the Greek Cypriots, was recognized as an effective domestic remedy in dealing with the Demopoulos and subsequent decisions of the ECHR announced in 2010. With this decision, the committee has closed the review of the Loizidou decision and reaffirmed the effectiveness of the IPC. The IPC, in line with the property regime in our country, offers remedies in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights on the basis of compensation, exchange or restitution,” the TRNC Foreign Ministry noted.

The statement said that the committee’s review of the Loizdou case acknowledged that the plaintiff could not have her property reinstated as stated by the IPC law but that she could apply to the property commission for compensation or exchange of her property.

“Thereby, while it was revealed how baseless the Greek Cypriot administration’s propaganda for the realization of extradition with reference to the Loizidou decision for years was, the effectiveness of compensation and exchange options in meeting property demands was once again confirmed,” the ministry stressed.

It added that this decision confirmed that the IPC’s rulings in favour of compensation or exchange are just as valid as those in favour of restitution.

“This decision shows once again that our country has established a property regime in accordance with international law. Therefore, it is obvious that the Immovable Property Commission is the address of all applications to be made by Greek Cypriots regarding their properties located within the borders of the TRNC,” the statement said.

“Although the Greek Cypriot side and its known supporters, who act with political motives within the committee, have delayed the closing of the Loizidou ruling for years, the decision taken today is positive,” the ministry said, adding that the process had shown that the delays were political rather than technical.