Turkey is obliged to pay 90 million euros to Cyprus

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Turkey is obliged to pay 90 million euros to Cyprus for the consequences of intervention in 1974. Ninety million euros will have to be paid by the government of Turkey to Cyprus for the consequences of military intervention in the north of the island in 1974. This decision was made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

In 2001 the ECHR in the “Cyprus against Turkey” case recognized Ankara for numerous violations of the European Convention on Human Rights that appeared after the effective occupation of Turkish troops in the north of the island. However, the amount of compensation was not reported.

Now the Strasbourg court obliged Ankara to pay 30 million euros for non-pecuniary damage to relatives of missing people and 60 million euros for non-pecuniary damage to suffered Greek-Cypriots who were living in the Karpas peninsula. “The Government of Cyprus should deliver the funds to individual victims under the supervision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,” – stressed the ECHR.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, commenting on the decision of the ECHR noted that this decision harms the negotiating process between the communities of the island.

“They again 10 years later discussed this issue. For us, this solution from the point of view of international law, the Charter of the ECHR is not mandatory and has no value. Negotiations on the full peace of the island have received a new impulse and the new phase has begun. Such a decision at this time is wrong for these negotiations and their mental attitude, “- said the Minister.

The main obstacle for Turkey to become a member of EU is that the island is still divided in two parts. This creates difficulties in the relations between the EU and NATO.