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Media Watch 2003

15 May 2003
Source: Phileleftheros
Comment: The following article appeared Phileleftheros of Nicosia on 15 May 2003.
The Foreign Minister Giorgios Iakovou is about to ‘hold a fight’ in Strasbourg

Nicosia: During meeting in Strasbourg, the Foreign Affairs Minister Giorgios Iakovou, will make efforts to block Turkish attempts to bypass decisions reached by the European Court of Human Rights with respect to property questions in Cyprus. Mr. Iakovou arrived in Strasbourg on Tuesday so as to attend the Spring Summit of The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Cyprus implements the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights

Prior to his departure, in a statement, Mr. Iakovou stated that: “Turkey, indeed has been hyperactive in Strasbourg. A large contingent of experts has already arrived in the city and has met with both the Court and the Secretariat with respect to the decision regarding the case of Titinas Loizidou.” It is alleged that within the context of these meetings, compromising proposals have been put forth, said the Minister.

Making a connection between current Turkish activity in Strasbourg and a recent announcement by Rauf Denktash declaring his intent to establish a ‘special court’ responsible for the handling of property disputes, Mr. Iakovou said: “the proposal is not irrelevant, so I intend to spend much of my time in order to ascertain current conditions as they have developed.”

“The Council of Europe is very important to us, for it is the guardian of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, in addition to being, the headquarters of the European Court of Human Rights” said Mr. Iakovou.

The Cypriot government upholds its position, according to which, the case of Titina Loizidou vs. Turkey is res judicata and thus should be respected. The Cypriot government could adopt no approach deviating from the faithful and absolute application of the decision reached by the European Court of Human Rights.

When asked if it is too late to see an initiative or interest by the EU on the issue, Mr. Iakovou mentioned that a series of contacts, the first stage of which will be concluded by the end of June, has been scheduled in order to explore the intentions of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, as well as, of those countries that have shown great interest in the matter."