Turkey urged to pay compensation to Greek Cypriots

16/03/2022 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers announced an interim resolution urging Turkey to pay the Greek Cypriots damages related to the Greek Cypriots’ invasion of the island in 1974. In 2009 , the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Turkey violated human rights because it failed to respond adequately to the consequences of the invasion.

The decision stipulates that Turkey must pay “just satisfaction” to the relatives of nine Greek Cypriots who are still missing. Turkey was ordered by the court to pay 180,000 Euros in damages by the end of 2009. To date, Turkey has not paid the amount. The amount set by the court was also the highest compensation amount decided by the ECHR.

Turkey invaded the historically Christian island of Cyprus in 1974 and has since occupied the northern third of the country and set up its own government, recognized only by Turkey. The native Turks also moved to the northern part to strengthen the Turkish justification and presence.

Despite pressure from the Council of Europe and the ECHR, Turkey does not take international bodies seriously. In 2014, Turkey’s foreign minister said the ECHR judgment “would not be binding or valuable”. More recently, Turkey ignored calls from both bodies to release human rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala.

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