TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat stated that he and leader of Greek Cypriot Administration Dimitris Hristofias are planning to conclude the property issue next week and move on to EU matters.

Stating that during the meeting, the criteria of the Turkish Cypriot side submitted to the Greek Cypriot side and the criteria of the Greek Cypriot side submitted to the Turkish Cypriot side were discussed, President Talat pointed out that they, as the Turkish Cypriot side, put forward their opinions on “Property Committee”.

Talat said “The Greek Cypriot side has not put forward their opinions on this subject yet” and added that they would put forward their opinions in the meeting to be held on 5 March, Thursday.

According to the statement of Hristofias as “the rights of the displaced to their properties is sine qua non for the Greek Cypriot side”, the President replied “we made clear that we respect property rights from the very beginning”.

President Talat emphasized that ‘what’s important is what kind of mechanism the property that was left behind is going to be subjected to and returned to its owner, or exchanged with another property or how they will be compensated”


TRNC Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Turgay Avci stated that leader of Greek Cypriot Administration Hristofias made unfortunate statements in Belgrade University concerning property issue which consists of the agenda of the continuing negotiations between the two leaders.

Stating that Hristofias displayed another uncompromising attitude by stating that the right of returning is sine qua non for the Greek Cypriot side, Turgay Avci pointed out that the aim of the Greek Cypriot side is, not to make an effort in order to compromise with the Turkish Cypriot side on the basis of UN parameters and equality on the negotiation table, but to impose a solution in accordance with its demands.

Expressing that the Turkish Cypriot side shows necessary respect to the property rights by transacting the applications of the Greek Cypriots whose properties are in North Cyprus by the mediation of Immovable Property Commission which is accepted by European Court of Human Rights, Avci said many applications are concluded on the basis of compensation, restitution and exchange within this framework.

The Court rejected a complaint lodged by Greek Cypriot Eliade Protopapa against Turkey .
Protopapa who was sentenced to 2 days imprisonment and fined for entering illegally into the TRNC territory during a demonstration in the UN-controlled buffer zone in 1989 – lodged a complaint against Turkey in 1990.
She claimed that she had been ill-treated, tried in an unfair trial, convicted of acts which had not constituted a criminal offence, not had at her disposal a domestic effective remedy capable of redressing the violations of her fundamental rights, and had been discriminated against the grounds of her ethnic origin and religious beliefs.
In its judgment, the European Court of Human Rights said that the rulings by the judicial organs of the TRNC are valid and that there were no violence of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The project related to bring water from Turkey to TRNC has been completed.
According to the information from the Environment Ministry the project’s land and sea steps have been completed. Within this framework water will be brought with funnels from the Toros Mountains of Turkey . Alarko Company visited Minister Mustafa Gokmen and informed him about the current situation of the project.
Minister Gokmen stated that after the completion of this very important project 70 billion squares meter water will be brought to TRNC and added that the water will not only be used for drinking or as potable water but also will be used for agriculture.

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