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Cyprus: Property

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 2 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the private property rights of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots have been overridden by political acts by both sides; and what assessment they have made of whether property issues in Northern Cyprus can be treated as normal cases of private property rights. [HL4368]

Property issues of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have been affected by the breakdown of relations between the two communities. Ultimately we believe the complex issue of property can only be fully resolved through a comprehensive settlement on the island.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the leaders of the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, rather than the European Union and British courts, should resolve disputes over property rights in Cyprus. [HL4369]

Ultimately we believe the complex issue of property can only be fully resolved through a comprehensive settlement on the island. We fully support the efforts of the two leaders on the island to find a settlement to the Cyprus problem by Cypriots, for Cypriots. Good progress has already been made but we would urge the two leaders to intensify their efforts in order to take advantage of the limited window of opportunity to solve this longstanding problem.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the establishment by the Turkish Cypriot authorities of a Claims Commission to which Greek Cypriots are applying for restitution of their property or for compensation; and what assessment they have made of whether, given that provision, Greek Cypriots have any need to sue British buyers for compensation in the English courts. [HL4370]

We are aware of the establishment of a “claims commission”, the Immoveable Properties Commission, in the north of Cyprus. However, as with all individual cases, it is up to individuals how they choose to take up their claims. Ultimately we believe the complex issue of property can only be fully resolved through a comprehensive settlement on the island.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the enforceability of orders of Greek Cypriot courts in so far as they require the demolition of houses in Northern Cyprus or the eviction of their occupiers. [HL4371]